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Barbell Deadlift

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Type: Strength Main Muscle Worked: Lower Back Other Muscles: Calves, Forearms, Glutes, Hamstrings, Lats, Middle Back, Quadriceps, Traps Equipment: Barbell Mechanics Type: Compound Level: Intermediate Sport: YesForce: Pull
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Barbell Deadlift Guide

Main Muscle: Lower Back

  1. Stand in front of a loaded barbell.
  2. While keeping the back as straight as possible, bend your knees, bend forward and grasp the bar using a medium (shoulder width) overhand grip. This will be the starting position of the exercise. Tip: If it is difficult to hold on to the bar with this grip, alternate your grip or use wrist straps.
  3. While holding the bar, start the lift by pushing with your legs while simultaneously getting your torso to the upright position as you breathe out. In the upright position, stick your chest out and contract the back by bringing the shoulder blades back. Think of how the soldiers in the military look when they are in standing in attention.
  4. Go back to the starting position by bending at the knees while simultaneously leaning the torso forward at the waist while keeping the back straight. When the weights on the bar touch the floor you are back at the starting position and ready to perform another repetition.
  5. Perform the amount of repetitions prescribed in the program.

Caution:

  • This is not an exercise to be taken lightly. If you have back issues, substitute it for a rowing motion instead.
  • If you have a healthy back, ensure perfect form and never round the back as this can cause back injury. Be cautious as well with the weight used; in case of doubt, use less weight rather than more.

Variations: Dumbbells can be used as well though I find the bar version easier to perform.

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Aug 18, 2015 5:59 PM: Next to the squat, the deadlift is one of the most important and fundamental exercises. Ignore anyone who says that it's "dangerous." Picking things off the ground is essential for being alive. That said, this video demonstration is terrible. The deadlift is NOT a squat! Shins should...+See More

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Aug 8, 2015 5:18 PM: Viewing the demonstration was very helpful for a beginner. It is important to note the hand positioning.

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Aug 7, 2015 10:14 AM: There is a big problem with this exercise because it is impossible to know how much weight you should lift. I like the advice that you should keep the amount "conservative," but when you get to the point of wanting to challenge yourself, you are walking in very dangerous territory. For this...+See More

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Jul 14, 2015 8:12 AM: Awesome lift

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May 28, 2015 2:01 PM: Do the knees have to completely straighten at the top of the exercise? I do not have full ROM due to an old knee injury and want to know if they can remain ever so slightly bent at the top of the motion?

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May 20, 2015 12:08 PM: Awesome exercise w/ awesome results... When I deadlift heavy weight I always end up w/ bloody shins from the barbell dragging along my shins. Does this happen to anyone else? Also, I was thinking about starting to use the Trap Barbell (like this: http://www.roguefitness.com/tb-1-rogue-trap-bar )...+See More

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May 7, 2015 2:49 AM: Tried this for the first time and it was great! I really felt it working my body and breathing is key. I couldn't believe how much energy is used to perform this exercise.

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Mar 27, 2015 11:49 PM: Great exercise!

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Tip: Barbell Deadlift

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Mar 25, 2015 11:24 AM: One tip is to make sure you don't set up in a squat position. Knees cannot be over the bar and must make a 90 degree angle with the floor. Check out: http://deadliftworkouts.com/butt-position

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Mar 14, 2015 4:57 PM: Great exercise! It hits all your leg muscles really well!

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