Lets face it. As humans we will never stop picking things up from the floor. A dog, a child, a bag of groceries. You name it and most of us at some point in the day will bend over to grab something. Given this reality why do so many people shy away from training the deadlift? For one, there’s a lot of misinformation out there about weight training and the last thing anyone needs is a back injury from improper form. However, when done correctly training the deadlift can steer us clear from injury by building strength in our legs, hips and back as well as retraining our brain to recruit the correct muscles when hinging over to lift something up.
Hinging from the waist is fundamental to human movement. The hips are the apex of the body and therefor provide the biggest opportunity to improve physically by consistent and progressive training. The deadlift is arguably the most functional and beneficial lift of all. By recruiting every muscle in your body you continue to burn fat and build strength days after a single workout.
*Key points to the lift*
- Walk your feet right up to the weight hip width apart and toes straight ahead.
- Inhale big and flex your abs as you push your butt back and hing over at the waist.
- Bend your knees and drop your hips with a straight back until your hands reach the bar.
- Tuck you chin and pull the weight off the floor keeping the bar as close to the body as possible.
- Stand all the way up and then follow the same pattern back down.
- Start light! Weight will come with time but form is most important.
- Train movements. Not muscles.