That’s the secret..
Deadlifts are the greatest (or worst, depending how you see things) test of full-body strength. They’re not like squats, curls, or bench press where you can cheat a little & get the weight up. If some ounce of your body isn’t strong enough for the weight you’re trying to pull, you aren’t pulling shit.
Deadlifts are typically done with a barbell, but there are tons of variations you can take to accommodate your level of strength or the equipment available to you. Deadlifts can be done with dumbbells, kettlebells, single-leg variations,trap bar deadlifts, & the list goes on and on. No matter what variation you choose, the same form tips apply.
Keep your spine neutral– think table-top from your pelvis to the top of your head.
Move from your hips & start at the ground.
Keep your arms straight rather than pulling the bar up with your arms. Use your arms, upper back, and shoulders to stabilize the bar.
Adjust so the weight works for you – this can mean a change of stance (wide-leg/sumo), adjusting the weight load, or changing the amount of reps performed.
Q: What muscles do deadlifts train?
A: All of them.
Seriously… Hamstrings, glutes, and lower back are the main muscles used. However, your entire spine is called to action to keep itself in a neutral position. Your upper back, core (abs), chest, arms, & shoulders lend themselves to stabilize the bar & your spine. Your ankles and calves help stabilize your stance & keep you in place. Your hands are busy getting fcked up by the bar due to the fact you’re using them to grip the dead weight you’re lifting..
Essentially, deadlifts can make you strong as hell.
Think about it- being able to perform the deadlift means you can lift dead weight. That’s pretty awesome.
Keep up the great work!