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By the way - I tried now to do a bodyweight RDL vs a bodyweight straight leg deadlift, and I could keep much more tension in my glutes during the straight leg deadlift.

Any idea what this means? Apparently when I flex the knees a ton of glute tension dissapears. So weirdly enough, when I take tension of the hamstrings I also take tension of the glutes... wtf... this occurs even if the knees don't go forward so it's a hip bend only, the only way I can maintain a HUGE amount of tension in the glutes is keeping the knees completely straight.

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Re: RDL or straight leg deadlifts for hamstring (and glute) development
« Reply #1 on: September 27, 2012, 02:16:07 am »
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Same thing we talked about earlier, I would imagine you are arching too hard and letting the pelvis come out of neutral with the rdl.  If you can video it will help and you can see yourself do it.  What it feels like youre doing may not really be whats happening.  Take from the side if you do it.  Once you get the rdl down though it will destroy the sldl in terms of glute activity, if nothing else the load you can safely use is much greater.
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Re: RDL or straight leg deadlifts for hamstring (and glute) development
« Reply #2 on: September 27, 2012, 05:23:28 am »
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I was actually looking in the mirror from the side... I'm thinking of using a broomstick to use it as a three point touch to verify that.

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Re: RDL or straight leg deadlifts for hamstring (and glute) development
« Reply #3 on: September 28, 2012, 01:19:18 pm »
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I agree with lance  if uou use the broomstick also look in a mirror.  You can maintain the 3 pts of contact an drop in to snterior pelvic tilt plus lordosis  which is what kance thinks your problem is
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Re: RDL or straight leg deadlifts for hamstring (and glute) development
« Reply #4 on: September 28, 2012, 05:22:44 pm »
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Raptor have you tried the RDL with a trap bar? maybe a better option. I really like them with a trap bar
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Re: RDL or straight leg deadlifts for hamstring (and glute) development
« Reply #5 on: September 28, 2012, 05:33:48 pm »
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It might, but I don't have one.