An important part of the deadlift is the hip extension at the top of the lift. If you are like many women looking to get back in the gym after having kids, you may find your glutes, core and hip flexors a little out of practice.  One great drill to improve your hip extension, improve glute activation and get your core firing again throughout the deadlift, is the banded deadlift.


The resistance band pulls your hips back, forcing you to activate your glutes and core as you strive to stand upright. By using a resistance band for feedback, you must fight the pull and use your glutes and core to finish the lift.

All you need is a resistance band like this:

And a kettlebell, dumbbell or barbell.