Barbell deficit deadlift

The barbell deficit deadlift is a compound exercise targeting the posterior chain. It is commonly utilized in powerlifting training to build pulling strength off the floor, but is also an effective muscle-building movement for the glutes and hamstrings. It is usually performed with lighter weight, and perhaps for higher reps, than traditional deadlifts. If these make your back sore, decrease the deficit and/or wear a weightlifting belt.


  1. The deficit offers a greater range of motion for targeting the hamstrings
  2. Builds size and strength in the glutes, hamstrings, and lower and upper back
  3. Builds overall deadlift strength

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