Base Body Babes full-body barbell workout - Women's Health and Fitness magazine

 Barbell romanian deadlift


1. Pick up the barbell with your hands positioned on the outside of your legs. This ensures that the weight is close to your centre of gravity, which makes the weight easier to lift and reduces the risk of injury to the lower back.

2. Stand with your feet slightly wider than your shoulders, ensuring your feet are firmly on the floor and the weight is distributed evenly across the whole foot throughout the entire movement.

3. Hold your body tight and imagine putting your shoulder blades back and down into your back pockets. Holding this tight position, pick up the weight while keeping it as close to your body as possible, until you are standing in an upright position.

4. Still maintaining tightness, lower the weight back down by bending forward at the hips. Move the barbell back down the front of your legs until your hamstrings reach a full stretch while maintaining a neutral spine. The hips must be below the shoulders at all times. This ensures that you are using the muscles of the lower body and not just the muscles of the lower back.

5. Repeat the movement.