Post by EricDonnelly on Jul 21, 2004 10:17:00 GMT -5
straight legs done with a moderate weight hit the hamstrings more and are more suited as a hamstring finisher on your leg day. The traditional deadlift is for total body development and stimulates overall growth much like the clean and press. doing both in one week should be fine since if you preform them correctly you shouldn't be over working your hams. hope this helps.
Thanks for the input guys, I did know straight legs were for hamstrings, so I am not sure why I was confused.....a guess it was one of those senior moments LOL.. I like the suggestion of alternating weeks, thanks again
I've been doing sldl on leg day and bent leg on back day for years but you have to be careful not to over fatigue your lower back. I'm just getting over a lower back problem that I believe was caused from over fatigue. I may not do them both in the same week in the future.
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I feel Straight leg affects the hamstrings much more than bent leg. However, I dont' do much straight legs. I do more bent legs because I can bend over much more. The ROM in straight leg is much shorter
Last Edit: May 19, 2008 0:24:12 GMT -5 by Maximum6
I think the better question to ask is arched back or rounded back. Good article in powerlifting usa a few issues back about this. Basically the rounded back puts you in a stronger postion ie can lift more, however arch back is safer.
For bodybuilding purposes, I would suggest you inlcude both. Many worry about overtraining, but if you carefull you can intergrate both into your weekly routine. You may want to choose a heavy day and light day for each lift and then rotate them weekly.
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In addition, keeping that arch type keeps your entire core tight too. Pull the bar down tight to your back, and keep your elbows down and tight too.
I just recently observed an experienced lifter doing a 3 rep set, and the first two were great. On the 3rd rep, he relaxed his arch, and I saw his entire body tweak to the left as he dropped the bar. He pulled his lower back, and was "benched" for a few weeks recovering.
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rounding the back is extremely dangerous in terms of sheer stability. not only is it unnatural, but instead of placing the emphasis of the deadlift on the legs and core, you are placing 300+ lbs DIRECTLY on the low-back.
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