“The dream is free, but the hustle is sold separately.”
If you follow me on Instagram, you may have seen the post I shared on Friday afternoon after I completed my workout. I have shared before that Scott and I like to take a lot of fun photos and selfies. This was a little post workout celebration because I was feeling stronger. Scott and I had finished a training session in our garage gym to focus on my weightlifting technique.
Why I Romanian Deadlift
I had been going up in weight on my squats and deadlifts the past few months during my workouts. I was starting to notice when I looked in the mirror that I was shifting to quite a bit. As a result my knee was bothering me and my shoulder was giving me trouble. So I had to regress and take it back to basics a bit. Instead of concentrating on adding more weight I have been perfecting my technique.
The Romanian Deadlift has been a large focus in my training sessions lately. When performed correctly it can build up a lot of strength in your hamstrings and glutes. Plus it will help me transition back into performing a full deadlift which is my ultimate goal.
Every deadlift is an RDL at the top. A deadlift is picking up from the floor; the RDL is the top movement. You set or begin in Postion 1 (set arches engaged, glutes pressing forward, knees out slightly). The movement from Position 1 to 2 is the actual RDL. Transition 2 to 3 is the deadlift. By learning from the top down I am working each of these positions until I feel I have mastered them each individually.
Next up is position 3. Getting into position for 3. Moving the RDL to be off of blocks and the “up” phase. RDL is the loading. I am using it as a technical progression but once I get back to squatting and deadlifting it will become more of a supporting movement.
I have also been using straps in my training which has allowed me to hold more weight. These are great for women because grip in general can be a limiting factor and can potentially hold you back. If you are limited by holding weight then your legs are only getting as much work as your arms can hold.
In order to grow you always have to willing to take steps back in order to get to the next level. Very true in training and in life!
Enjoy the rest of your Sunday.
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