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RLE Stiff-Legged Deadlift



The RLE (rear leg elevated) stiff-legged deadlift is a single leg variation of the stiff-legged deadlift that places more emphasis on hip stability than posterior chain strength.
 
 
Execution
 
Set up as you would for a stiff-legged deadlift and place one foot on a bench or box behind you. Set your back tightly in a complete arch and hinge at the hips as far as you can without losing any arch in your back, unlocking the knees as you hinge, allowing them to remain slightly bent until you return to standing vertically, straightening them as you straighten the hips.
 
 
Purpose
 
The RLE stiff-legged deadlift requires more stabilization at the hip, so is less effective for general posterior chain strength and more effective for improving stability.
 
 
Programming
 
Sets of 5-8 reps are most common, but as many as 15-20 reps can be used, particularly in a rehab situation.






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