SINGLE LEG DEADLIFT = A BETTER CHOICE?
A BETTER CHOICE?
When we hear the phrase “butt wink,” we automatically understand that is isn’t a good thing. Basically it means one of four things:
1. Your hips aren’t working the right way.
2. Your core isn’t strong enough.
3. Your ankles don’t bend well.
4. Your squat is being pushed to a depth that is outside of its limits.
With all that being said your back, hip and knee are getting stressed out.
THE GOOD NEWS: Single leg training, has tremendous carryover into function.
THE BAD NEWS: It takes a ridiculous amount of core strength, hip mobility, and motor control to perform a pistol squat WITHOUT a “butt wink.”
THE ALTERNATIVE: A single leg deadlift is an awesome choice because it teaches a hip hinge pattern (ie pushing hips back like in every squat and deadlift movement) while still challenging balance.
The single leg deadlift is an extremely beneficial exercise when you think about what it gives you for function:
Balance – More than 90 percent of the time we are walking or running we are on just ONE LEG.
Hinge (aka deadlift) – The ability to bend from the hip (& not the the low back) reduces the pain we feel, but also transfers over to all the high performance exercises we like to do.
You can call it CORRECTIVE or you can call it an ACCESSORY..my advice is to just do it.