PERSONAL TRAINER INSTRUCTION :
Stand with your feet a little less than shoulder width apart.
Begin by hinging at the hips and lowering your torso forward. Be sure to not directly bend at the knees but instead push your hips back and down in a hinging motion which will naturally cause a bend in the knees. The focus should be on finding a stretch in your hamstrings.
Be sure to not lower your body like a squat. However, similar to a squat, keep the weight of your body on your heels and midfoot to help in consciously activating the gluteus maximus (buttocks) during the execution phase (standing up). Exhale as you stand up and “pinch a penny” with the glutes.
This exercise is a part of what we teach in our Full Scale Fitness Phase 1 Training. Learning how to hinge is crucial in understanding how to perform many other exercises such as a bent over row. We advise seeking help from one of our exercise specialists / personal trainers near you to learn how to properly perform the romanian deadlift.