COURTESY OF GLOBAL FITNESS
Major muscles used
- Lower back
Performing the deadlift
- Place the barbell on the floor in front of you.
- Place your feet approximately shoulder width apart.
- Bend down and grasp the bar, with palms down, just outside of your knees.
- Keep your knees bent, back straight, and head up at all times.
- Using your legs and back, stand up until legs, back, and arms are straight. Keep your head up and abdominals tight while standing.
- Keeping your back straight, slowly return to the beginning position in a controlled manner.
- Don't let your back hunch over as you stand up. Be sure to keep your head up and back straight while lifting with your legs and back.
- Don't jerk the weight up or use momentum when lifting the weight. Always use slow, controlled lifting movements.
- Don't increase the weight until you have developed good habits and are using proper form. Always start out using light weights.
Alternative exercises to the deadlift
NOTE: There is no real substitute exercise for the deadlift. This exercise works most of the bodies major muscle groups - the legs and the back. It will even use other major muscles groups for support during the exercise execution, including the abs, biceps, upper back and chest.
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