“If you could only do one exercise, this would be it for maximum overall benefits”
A deadlift is a skill-based movement that takes considerable practice to get the technique right, but once perfected is incredibly beneficial for building overall strength. The deadlift works more muscles than any other exercise so if you could only do one exercise, this would be it.
Would you incorporate deadlifts into any routine, from losing bodyfat to building muscle or are they only for certain goals?
The deadlift should be incorporated into any routine, below are some of the reasons why:
- Improves core strength
- Improves your stance and stability
- Improves other exercises through whole body engagement
- Promotes lean muscle mass
- Promotes the reduction of fat (as the exercise is very taxing)
Lets have a look at the deadlift, how it is performed and some of the different variations:
Begin with bar touching your shins, buttocks and chest up, shoulders pinned back and core on.
Focus on driving your hips forward, squeezing your glutes to get you up to standing position.
Lower the bar back down with control, keeping the weight close to the body. Arms stay straight throughout movement and the bar should run in a straight line up and down.
Stiff leg deadlift:
Feet shoulder-width apart, buttocks tucked under. Lower the bar in a straight line to below the knees, while pushing buttocks backwards, bringing the trunk forwards.
You should feel a stretch in the back of the legs (hamstrings).
Keep your core activated throughout and avoid arching your lower back. Keep the weight close to the body.
Remember these movements may take some time to get the correct technique but once this is done the possibilities are endless to your health and fitness.
We recommend you talk to a professional who can help you perfect this movement, the Temple team are here to help shall you need assistance.