I guess the complicated question would be, “What is the best exercise to have in your program regime?” Without hesitation I always suggest deadlifts. Deadlifts (DL) often fall second to squats because of their “lack of safety” but take notes because deadlifts which we’re once faded out are now the most recognizable and most utilized exercise across all athletes and sports.
So, why DLs?
There are many things to be said about why they are beneficial but here I am going to name a few:
They require minimal equipment. All you need is a bar and weighted plates. Wrist straps and Olympic lifting belts are optional. Chalk, also optional.
This will actually improve core stability. When working your lower back, your abdominal muscles become your contracting muscle because it’s equal to the force applied in the opposite direction. Make sense?
Improves grip strength. Although you might not think your grip strength is weak, you’d be surprised. Most people fall below the average for grip strength. Plus, everybody knows not to underestimate the power of a firm handshake.
Deadlifting has real-life application meaning that you constantly use that function to move things, carry things, lift things etc etc.
True measure of strength. Anyone who works out knows that to REALLY tell how strong you actually are, it’s measured to how much you can actually DL. Fact. Ask all the Olympic lifters if you don’t believe me.
Arguably the most essential exercise to have in a workout program. Essential because it helps build foundation for other exercises like squats, calf raises, glute bridges etc.
It is a compound exercise meaning that it calls on more muscle fibres in a single movement. So you are actually working out more muscles at a given time than any other exercise. Some of these include: Hamstrings, quadriceps, hip abductors, hip adductors, abdominals, forearms, spinal erectors, rhomboids, levator scapulae, trapezius, gluteus maxiumus etc etc.
This will help increase intensity, strength, and cardiovascular health.
It has a special appeal and is fun to do – not your typical bicep dumbbell curling.
Plus, let’s not forget to mention how attractive a nice lower back is. [Minus the tramp stamp.] Am I right?
And here you thought there was some voodoo against Deadlifting. Nope. It’s bringing sexy back.
There are many variations of DLs. If you are looking for “How to’s” on YouTube, check out Scott Herman – he’s by far the best there is when it comes to proper form on Youtube.
Also, be careful. Take it easy, take it slow. You must always start small and work your way up. There are trainers available at your gym to help you if you need it – don’t be shy. We much rather see you ask for help than have bad form.
Also, might I add? Stiff Leg Dumbbell Deadlifts are my favourite.