5. Romanian Deadlifts
These guys are different than traditional deadlifts in that your legs are more or less fixed throughout the lift. Your knees are slightly bent, but this is mostly a “pulling” exercise initiated by the hamstrings and glutes. It likely is more focused on your hamstrings but they need to be strong as well to make you a stronger and more shapely human.
How to do it:
Hold a bar at hip level with a pronated (palms facing down) grip. Your shoulders should be back, your back straight, core braced, and your knees slightly bent. This is your starting position.
Lower the bar by moving your butt back as far as you can. Keep the bar close to your body, your head looking forward, and your shoulders back. Lower to the point where you reach the maximum range of your hamstring flexibility—usually just below the knee.
At the bottom of the movement, squeeze your glutes and pull with your hamstrings to drive your hips forward to stand up tall.