#30DaysToStrongerKnees Day 27: Deadlift

The deadlift or hinge is one of the most important fundamental movements in functional fitness. Your ability to hip hinge correctly plays a role in many exercises, especially those that work your glutes!

For this exercise you are going to need a pair of dumbbells or a barbell. Begin by placing your feet hip distance apart. Then roll your shoulders down and back so you can keep your chest proud and back straight for the entire movement. Slowly beging to descend, pushing your hips back to stretch your glutes. Once you feel a deep stretch, squeeze your glutes to return to standing. Adding in a bit of toe lift at the end of the movement will ensure you are driving through your heels, keeping any unneeded pressure out of your knees.

Your goal is to stretch and squeeze your glutes without putting any pressure on your knees. Starting out, I would do 3 sets of 12-15 reps. This movement is has endless variations, so making sure your form is correct for the basic level is very important.

Make sure you post your video daily to the Balance In Motion Facebook Page or tag me in your Instagram or Twitter post using my handle and the hashtag #30DaysToStrongerKnees

If you’re uncomfortable posting a video, you can always post a motivational quote, picture, or something health and fitness related.Make sure to encourage others, and never, never judge! Again, this is a judgement free zone!

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