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Dumbbell Single Leg Deadlift with Stepbox Support

Dumbbell Single Leg Deadlift with Stepbox Support

The Dumbbell Single Leg Deadlift with Stepbox Support is a challenging and effective exercise that targets multiple muscle groups, including the glutes, hamstrings, and core. This exercise is a variation of the traditional deadlift, but with added balance and stability demands. To perform this exercise, you'll need a set of dumbbells and a stepbox or sturdy platform for support. Begin by standing with one foot firmly planted on the stepbox, while holding a dumbbell in the opposite hand. Keep your core engaged and maintain a neutral spine throughout the movement. As you hinge forward at the hips, simultaneously lift the non-supporting leg straight behind you, creating a straight line from head to toe. At the deepest point of the movement, you should feel a stretch in your hamstrings and glutes. Be sure to maintain control and avoid rounding your back. The Stepbox Support is crucial for this exercise as it helps with balance and stability, allowing you to perform the movement safely and with proper form. It also allows for a greater range of motion, making the exercise more challenging and engaging more muscle fibers. Incorporating the Dumbbell Single Leg Deadlift with Stepbox Support into your workout routine can help improve lower body strength, balance, and overall stability. Start with a weight that challenges you but still allows for proper form and gradually increase the resistance as you progress. Add this exercise to your leg or full-body workout to reap the benefits of this compound movement. Remember to always warm up before attempting any exercise and consult with a fitness professional or physician if you have any concerns or pre-existing conditions.


  • Start by standing with your feet hip-width apart and holding a dumbbell in your right hand.
  • Place your left foot on top of a stepbox or any elevated surface, keeping your knee slightly bent.
  • Engage your core and maintain a slight bend in your right knee throughout the exercise.
  • Slowly hinge forward at your hips while keeping your back straight, lowering the dumbbell towards the ground.
  • Allow your right leg to lift off the ground behind you as you hinge forward, while maintaining balance and control.
  • Continue lowering the dumbbell until you feel a stretch in your hamstrings, then pause for a moment.
  • Exhale and push into your right foot to return to the starting position, bringing your torso back up to an upright position.
  • Repeat for the desired number of repetitions, then switch sides and perform the exercise with the dumbbell in your left hand.

Tips & Tricks

  • Maintain a neutral spine throughout the movement to protect your lower back.
  • Engage your core muscles to provide stability during the exercise.
  • Start with a lighter weight to master the movement before progressing to heavier weights.
  • Focus on driving your hips back while keeping your chest lifted to target your glutes and hamstrings.
  • As you lower the dumbbell, keep the non-working leg off the ground to challenge your balance and stability.
  • Use your glutes and hamstrings to lift your body back up to the starting position.
  • Inhale as you lower the weight and exhale as you lift it back up.
  • Keep your knees slightly bent throughout the movement to reduce strain on your joints.
  • Avoid rounding your back or hunching your shoulders during the exercise.
  • You can progress the exercise by increasing the weight, using a higher stepbox, or performing the movement without any support.

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