The name single-leg Romanian deadlift may sound intimidating, but I assure you that it’s a great addition to your workout arsenal.

Why Should I Do It?

Single leg Romanian deadlift (T Nation).

If you’re a gym buff who could easily down 400 lbs on a deadlift or a marathon runner who could run 40 kilometers per hour, you’d be surprised to find out that a single-leg Romanian deadlift could still be challenging for you. Strength or mobility imbalances are things that regular exercises don’t usually address. Working out on a single leg allows us to work on these imbalances that could cause performance issues or injury risks, especially for active individuals like athletes. Aside from working on your balance, here are other reasons:

Better Backside

Single-leg RDL engages your posterior chain— the muscles on the back of your legs and hips. More specifically, the hamstrings and glutes. These two are greatly involved whenever we walk or run, or jump, which are activities done one leg at a time. So when you perform single-leg RDL, you train these muscles to perform well while doing these common activities.


In conjunction with what was mentioned above about fixing strength imbalances, this workout helps you be more stable when jogging or playing basketball. It works because ankle, knee, and hip stability were also developed while doing single-leg RDL.