DB Romanian Deadlift to Upright Row

DB Romanian Deadlift to Upright Row

  • Duration: 00:00:21
**Body Part/Parts Used:**
- Targeted Muscles: Hamstrings, glutes, lower back (erector spinae), trapezius, deltoids

**Equipment Needed:**
- A pair of dumbbells

- Intermediate


1. **Starting Position**: Stand upright, feet shoulder-width apart, holding a dumbbell in each hand in front of you with palms facing your body.

2. **Initial Setup**: Engage your core and pull your shoulders back, ensuring your spine is in a neutral position.

3. **Romanian Deadlift Phase**: Begin by pushing your hips back as you lower the dumbbells down the front of your legs. Keep the weights close to your body and maintain a slight bend in the knees. Lower until you feel a good stretch in the hamstrings; typically, the dumbbells will reach just below your knees.

4. **The Lift**: Powerfully extend your hips to return to the starting position. Ensure your back stays straight, and avoid using your lower back to lift the weight—focus on using your hamstrings and glutes.

5. **Upright Row Phase**: Once you're back in the starting position, lift the dumbbells towards your chin, leading with the elbows. Keep the weights close to your body.

6. **Lower Weights**: Slowly lower the dumbbells back to the starting position to complete one rep.

**What It Does & Benefits:**
The Dumbbell Romanian Deadlift to Upright Row is a compound exercise that targets multiple muscle groups, offering both strength and hypertrophy benefits. The Romanian Deadlift portion emphasizes posterior chain development, enhancing hamstring and glute strength, while also working your lower back. This helps improve your overall posture and can contribute to a more powerful hip extension in various activities and sports.

The Upright Row portion targets your upper traps and deltoids, making it beneficial for shoulder strength and stability. Additionally, this multi-faceted movement demands core engagement throughout, helping to build a solid midsection. Combining these two exercises also offers the advantage of getting more done in less time, making your workout more efficient.

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