It’s the ultimate “Picking things up and putting them down” exercise.
Deadlifts are such a huge test of strength. It really comes down to, can you pick that heavy thing off the ground?
Some quick nerdy info on Deadlifts:
1. It’s called deadlift because you are picking up an object that’s dead on the ground with no momentum.
2. Deadlifts (when done properly!) work to strengthen your lower and upper back, glutes, hamstrings, core, forearms, shoulders.
3. Deadlifts (when done properly!) improve your posture. By having good deadlift form, it often translates to everyday living. And having a strong back and core definitely helps with posture.
Ok. So…. How should you properly do a Standard Barbell Deadlift??
1. Stand with your feet midway under the barbell
2. Bend over and grab the bar. Arms about shoulder-width apart.
3. Bend your knees until your shins touch the bar.
4. Lift your chest up and straighten your lower back
5. Stand up with the weight. Focusing on keeping you back straight (no crouching or bending) and arms straight (no curling or shrugging)
6. Hold for a second, then reverse the steps.
We are not going to go down the rabbit hole of all the variations of Deadlifts. Instead, let’s focus on the WHY…
If we are focused on being fit for LIFE (That is the lifelong goal!), then how does deadlifting help with that??
Deadlifting means getting stronger. Getting stronger can mean carrying the groceries into the house, no problem (1 trip even).
Or, helping a friend move. Picking up a couch or dresser is definitely a Deadlift movement.
If you have kids, picking them up is technically a deadlift.
All the way to picking a pen or pencil off the ground.
ALL motions that simulate the process of doing a deadlift.
So, go out there and start adding Deadlifts to your workout (and everyday) routines. And if you need some help putting a workout routine together, you should check out the custom training plan on the 1LIFE1YOUFITNESS Training App.
I make sure everyone is doing some variation of deadlifts. It’ll be wrong not too!