In 2001, Destiny’s Child released “Bootylicious” and my childhood was never the same. It’s been 18 years since I first heard what would become one of my go-to workout anthems, and it’s definitely gotten better with time.
Kelly Rowland recently shared a snippet of her strength workout on Instagram, and five seconds in I was screaming in my head, “OK, Ms. Kelly ‘Bootylicious’ Rowland!” As a trainer, deadlifts are one of my favorite exercises I think everyone should learn how to do. They’re functional (the hip hinge is a movement you do every time you sit down), and they work your legs, your butt, and your posterior core (your posterior core improves your posture and prevents you from rounding your back).
I can’t guarantee that you’ll look like Kelly, but if you want to get stronger and build lean muscle, you should definitely add deadlifts into your workout routine. If you aren’t sure where to start, try one of the following variations. Remember, the ahead moves aren’t a workout, so don’t do them all at once. Instead, choose one variation and program it into your total-body and lower-body workouts. If you aren’t sure where to begin, ask a certified trainer!