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Barbell Deadlift

Exercise Data

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: Yes
Force: 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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10/10

Jun 25, 2014 4:20 PM: a great full body workout.



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Jun 9, 2014 8:26 PM: I love DL's! One of the greatest lifts for everyday life.



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9/10

May 24, 2014 5:52 AM: I started deadlifting after reading about the exercise. I am hooked! Every time I do it, I can feel it that day and for the next few days, in a good way. A nice side benefit is that it also improved my squat (Freemotion machine as I have no spotter) by a good 60 lbs.



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9/10

May 16, 2014 11:05 AM: Have done it in the gym today and it works well, pin points the lower back to a T.



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May 6, 2014 9:29 AM: A must do for all.



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Mar 9, 2014 8:44 AM: excellent



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Mar 7, 2014 4:46 AM: great exercise ..most of the muscles get trained in one go..



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8/10

Jan 25, 2014 11:20 AM: Another of the three primary lifts. This is the monster lift that builds the most size and strength. So many muscle groups worked with this lift. However, that being said, this is also the most dangerous in my opinion. As many people have hurt themselves doing this lift, I too as a younger man threw...+See More



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10/10

Jan 9, 2014 5:17 AM: Truly the Beast of all excercises if you go hard and heavy. Only rival it has for the top position is squats.



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Dec 9, 2013 10:25 AM: this work out is fun and if you go heavy it supports testosterone making



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