Weekly Wednesday Workout: Dead Lifts

Weekly Wednesday Workout


Weekly Wednesday Workout: Dead Lifts

Today we are working on the hammies!

I love this move, but honestly I never see a lot of women doing it at the gym. I really don’t see a lot of women strength training in the gym out side of the machines, but this is a really great move for us. This move is especially great for runners because those quads get so much love and development and the hamstrings barely get any love. Personally, I use 40lb barbells when doing dead lifts, but you can use any weight or none at all. This is great for the hamstrings as well as the lower back. Pay close attention to the form, this is a perfect way to do it without injuring yourself!

Have you ever done dead lifts?



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Schnelle "Nellie" Acevedo is a busy mom of two young boys (3 and 6), she is an Account Manager by day and a self proclaimed fitness junkie by night. Brooklyn Active Mama is a body positive community that focuses on demonstrating to all women that you can always find time for fitness. A recent running addict, Nellie has completed 7 Half Marathons and is currently training for the New York City Marathon on 11/1/2015. Nellie also is a co-founder of the annual A Healthy U Conference which is a conference dedicated to helping women improve their mental, spiritual and physical health. Nellie is a licensed Zumba instructor in Brooklyn. You can find Nellie on TwitterInstagramFacebookPinterest, PeriscopeGoogle Plus.


  1. I have been doing single lead deadlifts with light weights or no weights to help with strength and balance. They are great!

  2. This is timely for me as I just started incorporating more single leg dead lifts into my cross training. My coach found an imbalance in that tiny muscle in your butt (gluteus minimus) that is crucial to runners!! Although I have to say that their are a lot of girls lifting heavy weights at my gym and deadliest abound! Love it :-)
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  3. Not going to lie, never tried this in recent years, but now that you mentioned it here, may need to try them again. Thanks for sharing Nellie and have a great Wednesday now!! :)
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  4. The difficulty of the exercise is clearly in the name, right?! 😉 My trainer used to make me do these and I did in fact want to die! But a great workout!-Ashley
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  5. This is by far one of my favorite moves at the gym. There is a machine I use occasionally too… but I have no idea what it’s called. I just know it helps me with my form when I use the machine vs free weights.
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  6. 40 lb barbells!! Holy moly! You are so strong!
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  7. Dead lifts are one of my favorite moves ever!! Best way to work the high hamstring butt area!!!
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  8. They don’t look as hard as they really are, right?
    I bet they’re very hard!
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  9. My hammies need all the love they can get. Along with some stretching! Love this move!
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  10. The Jari Love DVD I do has a whole track that’s basically a variation on deadlifts, and it’s my favorite track of all of them. You’re making me wish that I had some time to go do them now! Though I’m nowhere near 40lbs with it. You’re definitely one strong lady!
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  11. I do dead lifts every time I do strength training now. I try to squeeze my glutes when I come up to give them a workout too.
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  12. I think you are so right about women strength training. I think a lot of us don’t understand it. Growing muscle definitely reduces fat. It doesn’t mean you have to look like a guy. Maybe that’s why so many are afraid? I typically have gotten hubby’s help with it because I wasn’t into it on my own. I was just a dancer before so actual fitness moves and workouts were a bit foreign to me. :)
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    • Yes I have heard that complaint so many times and I hope I can help to break it, but since fit is the new thin, I think women are getting it.

  13. Nellie, can it be done effectively with free weights (dumbbells)?
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  14. Dead lifts are one of my favorite. With or with out weights. Women are shy, confused, intimidated but the weight section. I know I can be. And sometimes I just feel like everyone is watching me,,,in either a judgmental or fresh way.
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  15. Deadlifts are my favorites!!!


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