- Thigh: Thigh flexor
(Musculus biceps femoris)
- Buttocks: Large gluteus maximus
(Musculus gluteus maximus)
- Back: Back extensor
(Musculus erector spinae)
Dumbbell Romanian Deadlift: Basics and alternatives
Involved main muscle groups:
Dumbbell Romanian Deadlift
The Dumbbell Romanian Deadlift is an exercise variation of the barbell Romanian deadlift. The movement is the same: With a straight back and straight legs, you bend your upper body forward and stand up again. The dumbbells are guided in front of the body. The exercise is also referred to as dumbbell Romanian deadlift with straight legs due to its form.
Besides the barbell variant, this exercise can also be considered an alternative to Good Mornings. Both the posterior thighs and especially the lower back are trained.
Form is also crucial for injury-free training with dumbbell Romanian deadlift. With incorrect execution and a rounded back, the discs are heavily loaded. Make sure to always keep your back straight and form a slight (!) hollow back.
It’s particularly important to learn this exercise properly before integrating it into your training plan. This can best be done with low weights and in front of a mirror. Only when the form is correct should you increase the training weight.
Grab the dumbbells in both hands and stand with your feet shoulder-width apart with a straight back and relaxed legs.
Form a very slight hollow back and hold the dumbbells diagonally next to your hips or thighs. You are now in the starting position.
Bend your upper body forward, keeping your back straight, your head upright, and your legs straight. Guide the dumbbells down along your legs.
End the downward movement before (!) you have to curve your back to bend further or when you feel a strong pull in your posterior thighs.
Then lift your upper body back up in a controlled manner to the starting position.
Common mistakes and injuries
A cardinal sin with free back exercises is also curving the back with dumbbell Romanian deadlift. With a rounded back, the discs are heavily loaded, which can lead to injuries such as a herniated disc in the worst case.
As a result, it’s important that you consciously pay attention to your body during training and maintain a clean form with a straight back.