One of the most primitive test of strength, the deadlift is a great tool for a wide variety of goals. Though the name may sound intimidating, it’s one of the most functional movements.
In its simplest form, the deadlift is picking something up from the ground. For centuries people have been picking heavy objects up with deadlift-like form from boulders in sixth century Greece to circus feats of strength in the 1900’s.
What It Does
As mentioned above, the deadlift may be the most functional movement there is. Whether it’s picking up dog food from the bottom rack at the store or helping a friend move a couch, you are deadlifting in everyday life.
The lift strengthens the glutes, hamstrings, and quads as well as the back and core muscles. It even improves grip strength and posture.
Hormones released during and after the movement that burn fat, increase lean muscle mass, fight osteoporosis, and even put you in a better mood!
How To Do It
Sets of deadlift can consist of only a few reps with rest to build strength or high reps with low weight can be added to a high-intensity workout to give it a real punch!
There are loads of variations for deadlift. These include Romanian deadlifts, sumo deadlifts, and rack pulls. You can also use a wide variety of implements besides barbells for deadlifting such as dumbells, kettlebells, sandbags, and pretty much anything else you can pick up.
As always, if you have any questions about this movement or anything else, just ask!