The deadlift is simply about picking a weight up and putting it back down again.
However like everything else that looks simple, in practice it is a very complicated movement.
The deadlift uses all of the muscles in the posterior chain, from your neck to your heels, and is one of the best movements to grow muscle, to improve overall strength, build grip strength, core strength, strengthen every bone in your body and improves overall health.
Did you know that weight training for osteoporosis -- not just walking or doing aerobics, but lifting weights -- can help protect your bones and prevent osteoporosis-related fractures? Studies show that strength training over a period of time can help prevent bone loss -- and may even help build new bone.
The deadlift helps in explosive sports like rugby, football and track and field. It also helps in endurance sports like swimming , cycling and running. By strengthening the hamstrings, glutes and quads the deadlift helps to keep them strong and in tip-top condition, preventing injury while also significantly boosting strength.
The deadlift is a full body movement and doing it encourages your body to produce growth hormones and testosterone further increasing bone density and muscle growth.
A simple guide to starting deadlifts
- Stand with your mid-foot under the barbell
- Bend over and grab the bar with a shoulder-width grip
- Bend your knees until your shins touch the bar
- Lift your chest up and straighten your lower back
- Take a big breath, hold it, and stand up with the weight
- Hold for a second then lower back to the ground under control
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