This incredibly versatile exercise is a great functional lower body exercise targeting the whole posterior chain (hamstrings, glutes, calves and back extensors).
It is an exercise easily transferrable to tasks that closely simulate everyday life, like picking objects off the floor and getting that saucepan out of the bottom draw. These kinds of daily activities are things you shouldn’t have to think twice about and by doing the single leg Romanian deadlift you will be able to perform these tasks with ease.
What’s great about this exercise is that not only does it strengthen your posterior chain it also tests your balance. Simply by standing on one leg, you are challenging your static balance, by incorporating the movement of a single leg Romanian deadlift, you are now additionally challenging your dynamic balance. Exercises that challenge your dynamic balance are more functional and, for the most part, recommended over static balance exercises once you are able to easily stand on one leg. In turn what you are gaining is increased strength round the ankle, knee and hip while also increasing the flexibility of your hamstrings!