Task: The deadlift engages more muscle fibers than just about any other activity you can do as a human. It requires you to be strong through your hips and glutes to extend to the top position, while your lower back, abs and obliques all work overtime in order to maintain proper body positioning.
Execution: Stand in front of the barbell with the barbell touching your shins. While keeping the back as straight as possible, bend your knees, hinge forward at the hips and grasp the bar using a shoulder-width, overhand grip. This will be the starting position. While holding the bar, start the lift by pushing through the floor with your feet while simultaneously getting your torso to the upright position as you breathe out. In the upright position, stick your chest out and bring the shoulder blades back. To reverse, bend the knees while simultaneously leaning the torso forward at the waist while keeping the back straight. When the plates touch the floor you are back at the starting position and ready to perform another repetition.
Tip: For a true deadlift, eliminate the bounce at the bottom. The weight should be lifted from a “dead” stop, hence the nomenclature.
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