The fitness industry is full of hype. Hype for the new, never seen, developed by the most brilliant minds to tone, tighten, and get you the body you’ve always wanted. Heard this before? Every few years a theme comes along and makes people believe this new workout regimen is the best and only way to workout. Almost all of these fads do not include the deadlift and just because we haven’t heard about it in years, doesn’t mean it is an obsolete exercise. In fact it is the best exercise to work the posterior chain muscles. Think of the major muscles on your backside: glutes, hamstrings, back. These will get a great workout along with the quads and stabilizer muscles (abdominal muscles, including the tva, and many more). Your back, especially erector spinae, will see major improvements in strength.
In fact these are commonly weak muscles with many people. Considering how we live or I should say how we sit, deadlifts can be a great exercise to strengthen those underused muscles neglected in our daily life.
Deadlift benefits for all exercisers:
The Common Exerciser:
- Strengthen your posterior chain. (hams, glutes, back)
- Learn how to correctly pick up heavier objects
- Strengthen and protect your back
- Trigger a growth hormone release to build muscle and lose fat
- Trigger a growth hormone release to build muscle everywhere!
- Heavy Lifting = Bigger Muscles (done correctly, is very true)
- Hit a load and rep range most bodybuilders do not tap into
- Help break muscle gain plateaus
- Posterior chain development is crucial for performance in almost any sport
- Emphasis on Strength vs. hypertrophy training
- Relatively explosive lifting
- Development of Fast Twitch muscle fibers (type IIb if <5 reps)
Do I need to explain why? It’s part of the sport.
The deadlift is a phenomenal exercise for all types. Proper form must be used however, to ensure the correct muscles are used and also to protect your lower back. Lower back issues are the main reason people refuse to do this exercise. With the proper coaching, almost anyone can perform the deadlift and benefit from it. If you are a beginner to the deadlift or have a back issue make sure you hire a qualified trainer or coach before attempting this exercise. Incorrect form can result in injury.