Fitness model Lauren Simpson took to Instagram on Wednesday, July 15, to post a video in which she showed her 1.9 million followers how to correctly perform Romanian deadlifts.
The fitness trainer sported a hot-pink top and white booty shorts for the workout. The top was made of spandex material and was cropped just under the chest, leaving a swatch of toned tummy on display. It also included long sleeves that contoured to the model’s sculpted arms. The shorts rose high on Lauren’s hips and extended to just below her backside, hugging her hips and gym-honed booty. The length of her chiseled legs was exposed down to a pair of white sneakers on her feet.
Lauren styled her long, platinum-blond locks in a ponytail that flowed down her back while appearing to have made up her face with a bit of eye makeup.
In the video, Lauren worked out at a gym called Symetrie, according to the geotag on the post. She placed two videos side-by-side in the frame. The left-sided video showed the improper way to complete a Romanian deadlift, while the right-sided video showed the correct form. Lauren used a barbell with large weights on both ends, but specified in the caption that the movement she demonstrated can be imitated in dumbbell and kettlebell exercises as well.
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FIX YOUR FORM ❌✅ROMANIAN DEADLIFTS ???????? – Romanian deadlifts are one of my favourite lower body exercises. This is a hip hinge movement pattern & a skill everyone should perfect. This can be done with barbell, dumbbells, kettle bell etc. – Some common mistakes I see with this is spine not being in neutral alignment by looking up, hips not driving back & also reps not being controlled. – Here are some of my top form tips: – ????DON’T LOOK UP OR AT YOURSELF IN THE MIRROR! Maintain a neutral spine & your head should follow the hinge. When your chin is kept tucked it is further engaging your glutes. – ????KEEP THE BAR CLOSE! The bar should skim down your thighs. When the bar is away from you it’s making it harder as the bar path is off where it should be. – ????PUSH YOUR HIPS BACK! Think of pushing your butt back as far as you can. You will feel the tension build on your glutes/hams! THIS IS KEY ???????????? – ????DON’T GO TO THE FLOOR! This isn’t about who can get the bar lowest – this is about driving your hips back as far as you can to create the stretch. Unless being super flexible, for most people this will be around the knees. – ????LOCK YOUR LATS DOWN & shoulders retracted. – ????SQUEEZE GLUTES??? You should lock out the lift and due to the line of pull you can squeeze your glutes at the top however not to the point of hyperextending your lower back. – ????SLIGHT BEND IN KNEES for this variation however your shins remain vertical. I like to keep my stance shoulder width apart with toes pointing ahead. – Hope this video helped! Any suggestions for other ‘fix your form’ exercises let me know! ???? – @laurensimpsonfitness @symetrie_
In the caption, the model explained common mistakes she sees with the Romanian deadlift, which include the spine not being in natural alignment, hips not driving back, and reps not being controlled. She advised her followers to look up or at themselves in a mirror as they complete the exercise to maintain a neutral spine. They should keep the bar close to their body, letting it skim their thighs, and push their hips back, so they feel tension on their glute and hamstring muscles.
Lauren explained that it isn’t necessary to go down to the floor with each movement — trainees should lower the bar to about knee level before lifting it back up. She added that her followers should focus on holding a slight bend in their knees while keeping their shins vertical. Their stance should be shoulder-width apart with toes pointing ahead.
The post earned a few thousand likes and several dozen comments within the first hour of appearing on the photo-sharing site.
“This is perfect and exactly what I need today for my workout! Thank you Beautiful,” one Instagram user wrote in the comments section.
“For me this is the one I struggle with the most!!! Thanks for the tips,” another fan commented.