Romanian Deadlift vs Deadlift

by Kilo on December 28, 2010

I’m not going to try and say too much about the different in the Romanian deadlift vs deadlift done conventional style. Here are a couple of videos. The first is the RDL, coached by Joe Hashey from Synergy Athletics.

And in an extreme instance of the conventional deadlift, here’s Johnnie Jackson pulling 765 x 2.

I first saw Mr. Jackson in the glossy pages of Muscle & Fitness, always billed as the World’s Strongest Bodybuilder. Could be! That’s some serious lifting. I suspect he has never written a Shake Weight review.

The main difference I see between Romanian deadlifts and conventional pulling is the amount of extension in the legs. However, to make things even more interesting, there is also a little lift called the stiff-legged deadlift. There seems to be some confusion about when and RDL stops or starts resembling a stiff-legged pull.

But as far as our discussion and these videos, it’s a matter of how straight the legs are and how much the hamstrings are loaded. I am just now starting to incorporate RDLs into my own training, both with one and two legs. It’s a good movement for me, and is hitting my hamstrings in a way that heavy kettlebell swings have not.


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