Informational purposes. Not specific advice for you.
Muscle For Metabolism
This exercise will adds lots of shapely, calorie burning muscle to the body. The legs, glutes, hamstrings and lower back are huge muscle that take a lot of energy to work, grow and maintain. The deadlift also works other muscles from arms to the grip. Because it takes so much energy to do, it is really good for building muscle. A lot of females really focus on exercises like this to add beautiful, athletic shape to their lower body.
The stiff legged deadlift will help target the hamstrings a little more. This is a very popular variation of the standard deadlift. Because the knees are not bent, the hands do not drop as low as the standard deadlift. Also, the functional trainer is always a little different from free weights and the weight used will likely be lower but switching exercises for variation is a great idea.
One challenge or difference with this exercise is the forward pull of the cable. This is not a bad thing but it does offer a different stress from using free weights of other machines.
Form & Safety
As always form and safety is extremely important. Injury is always possible. I have been doing movements like this for 26 years and adding weight is natural for me. Use caution and consult professionals. But keep in mind rule 2! Intensity is one of the rules I have lived by for over 26 years.
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I have kept lean and athletic for over 26 years by creating a demand for calories and eating sensibly. Working muscle, growing muscle and sustaining muscle all take calories! With a sensible diet, the extra calorie demand allows me to burn off calories that might otherwise be stored as fat.
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