If you’re not deadlifting, you’re likely taking the wrong approach to training.
There are very few things that I advocate to be in every single program; and the deadlift is one of them.
The deadlift has received somewhat of a bad reputation among the general, non-weightlifting population; some consider it a dangerous exercise and many people hurt their back doing deadlifts.
Well, any exercise is dangerous if you use bad form, which is precisely why most people get injured.
Looking at the deadlift as an ego lift and just throwing as much weight on the bar as possible is the wrong approach, and you increase your chances of getting injured.
However, if you take the right approach to deadlifting and use solid technique, it will become one of the most beneficial exercises you ever do.
Below are a few reasons why you should be deadlifting, and if they’re not in your program today, hopefully this post will convince you to add them in!
The deadlift is a total body exercise.
If your goal is to gain muscle and get strong as hell, you’d better be deadlifting.
The deadlift is the king of total body exercises, requiring recruitment from the upper and lower back, hamstrings, glutes, abdominals, quads, and even the rotator cuff.
A well-performed, heavy deadlift beats the shit out of any hamstring curl or leg press, while challenging the upper body to a high degree as well.
Deadlifts are also a huge challenge to the nervous system, which is why I recommend deadlifting once a week if you are deadlifting an appreciable amount of weight (however, you can deadlift more frequently with proper programming).
But challenging the nervous system is not a bad thing.
If you recover properly, you will become stronger not only in the deadlifts, but in other related exercises as well.
Prevent back pain.
Deadlifts are often associated with back injuries.
However, most of the time, the opposite is true. Deadlifts are a great way to prevent back pain and bulletproof yourself from injury.
To quote strength coach Dean Somerset, “’My back is weak/sore’ is a reason to do deadlifts, not a reason to avoid them.” (Check out his awesome article about the benefits of deadlifting here.)
Most people have back pain due to a combination of weak muscles and immobile joints elsewhere in the body; it is just the lower back that takes the brunt of the load.
Lack of glute and spinal erector (the muscle that extends the lower back) strength is a common cause of lower back pain, and the deadlift is the most efficient exercise at strengthening these muscles simultaneously.
The deadlift also strengthens the core, which is a huge player in preventing lower back pain as well.
So, learn how to do deadlifts by starting with light weight and focusing on engraining proper technique (either by videotaping yourself or having someone knowledgeable critique you), and then progress in weight and watch your back feel tremendously better.
The deadlift can be beneficial to people with a variety of goals.
The benefits of deadlifting are truly widespread.
Whether you’re looking to build muscle, lose fat, prevent injury, or just be healthier overall, the deadlift is for you.
It is great for athletes because it will build powerful hip extension strength, which is an essential aspect of most sports.
Also, if you’re just an average gym-goer, the deadlift will help you get the most out of your workouts and ensure that you don’t get any back injuries along the way.
And contrary to common belief, women should be deadlifting as well.
Women often fear that they will get bulky by even touching a weight over five pounds; and it’s simply not true.
What girl doesn’t want to build a nice butt, strong abs, while burning body fat and preventing injury?
The deadlift is just too important to not include some variation of it in your training.
Hopefully I’ve done a good job convincing you that you need deadlifts in your program; now you just have to take action.
If you want all of the benefits of deadlifting, learn how to do the exercise with proper form and progressively add weight; and you will be bulletproof in no time.
If you have any questions about the deadlift or any comments in general, drop a comment below or shoot me an email via my contact page.
Also, if you’re an experienced deadlifter, check out Dave Dellanave’s program Off the Floor. It is undoubtedly the most comprehensive guide to improving your deadlift strength.
If you have any questions or comments, feel free to drop a comment below or shoot me an email via my contact page.
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