Step by Step Guide
Begin standing with the dumbbells placed between your feet. Have the feet about hip distance apart and hold a dumbbell in each hand with the arms straight.
Assume a hinge position as you push the hips back, bend the knees slightly, and engage your abdominals to keep a neutral spine.
Pull the shoulder blades down and back to engage the lats.
Then, straighten the legs as you raise the dumbbells straight up off the ground while keeping them close to your shins and thighs.
Once your legs are straight, lower the dumbbells back down to the ground using control and re-assume the hinge position.
A common mistake is rounding the spine. Instead, keep the abdominals engaged the entire time and focus on keeping the spine in neutral. This means the neck, upper back, and lower back are fairly straight (besides their natural curves). Pull the shoulder blades back and keep the chest open as you hinge down into the deadlift.