Deadlifts are a compound movement, meaning you use your full body to execute the exercise. RDLs or Romanian Deadlifts are deadlifts cousin, maybe even its sister. Very similar, but not the same. In this video, you can see the similarities and differences between the two exercises. Watch with the sound on.
Main takeaways: 1. Both are hip dominant exercises. 2. Deadlifts are more full body, RDLs are more hamstring- and glute-focused. 3. Shin angle is key. 4. RDL range of motion will differ based on the individual. 5. Both can be performed with several different modalities -- barbell, kettlebell, dumbbells, cable, bands, etc.