Why I Love Deadlifts
For many people (specifically women) “deadlift’ is a big scary word. Images of jacked guys pulling hundreds of pounds of weight off the floor are conjured and fear sets in. But truthfully, deadlifts are just another way of working the posterior chain. Something I talk about a lot.
Deadlifts don’t have to be scary. Really it’s just a fancy way of saying “pick something up with good form”. Good form is crucial.
Random tidbit: Did you know that the exercise got its name “deadlift” from Russia (Bulgaria? One of them) from a was sergeant? The story goes that while at war, much of his army was being injured (via muscles not gun shots) when out on the field trying to carry back fallen soldiers. The sergeant took the time to teach them to pick up the bodies properly and his rate of injured soldiers went down.
Neat and creepy at the same time eh?
But seriously, deadlifting doesn’t have to be scary. In fact, I effing love it. Deadlifts (of all variations) are one of my all time favorite exercises. Psst: part of the reason for this is that they make me feel like a badass.. but I digress.
And while I personally love lifting very heavy, you don’t need to break a lot of weight to see results from this exercise!
Here are a few reasons learning to deadlift is worth your time
Deadlifting Is A Full Body Exercise
When you perform a deadlift, you are using your entire body. Weather to pull directly or to stabilize everything in your system must be engaged. Because the deadlift works so many muscles (and groups of muscles!) it’s pretty high on the “big bang for your buck list”. Honestly, this exercise is a time saver.
Deadlifts Emphasize The Posterior Chain
Uhh didn’t you just tell me they work everything? Yes, yes I did. And while they do work everything, they place extra emphasis on the back of your body.
Training the back of your body is crucial. It helps prevent back pain, improve posture and keep you strong. Click here for more back of the body exercises.
The Sumo Deadlift Hits Heavy On Glutes
There are many ways to perform a deadlift and one of them is with a sumo stance.
By altering your stance you place much more focus on growing and developing the glutes (your bum!). Your glutes aid in posture, pelvic floor and all around support for your body so keeping them strong is pretty essential
Deadlifts Mimic A Daily Movement
You pick things up all day long. Literally. If your toddler is anything like mind she constantly wants “uppa mama uppa”. The more you strengthen the movement the easier it is to pick things up like babies, kitty litter and groceries (or swing your baby in a crate)
Being strong improves day to day tasks. And one thing is for sure, deadlifts keep you strong.
It’s not often that there isn’t some form of deadlift in my program. But like I said, you don’t need to go uber heavy to see results.
But what about my back? I’ve heard deadlifts hurt your back?
They do hurt your back.. if you execute them poorly. Just as picking anything up off the floor without using the appropriate muscles will hurt your back.
Deadlifts don’t cause injury, poor form when training them does. The most common problems with deadlifts is a rounding of the low back (and somewhat the upper). Instead of fearing the lift itself, learn to perform it properly. Click here to learn to hip hinge.
The deadlift is a hip hinge and thus learning and truly perfecting the hinge will allow you to deadlift over and over. Check out the video below to learn how to hip hinge.
That said, use them wisely. Everyone has a different tolerance with deadlifts. Some people can train them 3x per week and succeed. Personally, I can only put deadlifts in my program twice per week (one heavy and one moderate/speed drill). Start small and play it by ear.
I’ve been deadlifting for quite a few years now (jeez going on about seven how insane s that!) and last year I came pretty close to my goal of pulling 200lbs (I hit 190 and you can check that video out here).
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Deadlifts are a functional exercise that will keep you strong and able to perform daily tasks easier. Learn to perform them properly, find the variation that works best for you and your body and don’t underestimate them … they really will make you feel like a badass!
Have you ever deadlifted? What did you think?
Looking for more workout ideas? Check out the My Favorite Exercises To Target Glutes!