Rack pull

The rack pull is a variation of the deadlift performed from an elevated height, either using boxes, safety pins, or the safeties in a squat rack. It targets all the same muscles as the deadlift, including the glutes, hamstrings, upper back, lower back, and grip. It can be used to strengthen deadlift lockout, but also as a deadlift alternative for people who can't deadlift from the floor without pain.


  1. Builds strength and size similar to a deadlift
  2. Can load heavier than a deadlift from the floor
  3. May be safer for elderly people and beginners than deadlifts from the floor
  4. Can be performed at multiple different levels, such as below the knee, above the knee, or just a few inches from lockout

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