The Many Benefits of Performing the Deadlift

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deadliftIf you are looking for the best test to gauge your total body strength, look no further than the deadlift.

The deadlift is a compound exercise that is effective because of its overall body development; it is the most effective exercise for building the core strength that supports all other major muscle groups. It is also one of the best exercises to build, maintain or recover lost muscle strength. Its focus is the body’s core-legs, hip, and back. There are no other exercises that work the wide range of muscles that the deadlift does.

Here’s a list of the muscles that are targeted when performing this super exercise:

  • Quadriceps
  • Hamstrings
  • Glutes
  • Trapezius muscles
  • Latisimus dorsi
  • Spinal erectors
  • Abdominal muscles

The deadlift is an exercise that requires you to manually hold the weight…it is among the best exercises for increasing grip strength and building up the forearms. This increased grip strength will also help to improve other lifts you may be doing such as the bench press.

The reason deadlifting is so important to overall strength is that it utilizes muscles as well as stabilizer muscles that are often ignored (these are your supplementary and minor muscles that are not addressed when using machines to train).

Using lots of muscles at once is something that you should be looking for in your exercise program for many reasons. Using multiple muscle groups at once makes an exercise ‘functional’; it has real world value. You become more proficient at basic human movement. How important is that to your daily health and well-being?

When we deadlift, we use the same muscles we use when lifting something off the ground. Let’s face it, we’ve been performing that particular exercise since the beginning of time and this is exactly what the deadlift does…enforces the muscles used to lift things; it is a real life application. Core strength is important in terms of maintaining ones balance, and weight transference.

How many times do you bend to lift objects during the average day?

Picking up any object such as a heavy box can be considered deadlifting. For moms and dads this means constant deadlifting throughout the day as they reach down to lift their child off the floor and up into their arms.

However, many times if not most times we perform these deadlifts throughout our day improperly and the effects are many back injuries. If you complain of back pain then you must address it and develop strength there…not pamper your weaknesses. You most likely have back-pain from using your muscles incorrectly causing stress and damage to tissue.

The deadlift can be done using various pieces of equipment with the barbell being ideal since it addresses both ends of the strength spectrum. If you are a beginner, you can simply use the 45 pound (20 kilo) bar to get started and add more weight in increments to the barbell as your strength progression dictates.

Deadlifting strengthens your spine and which helps with proper posture. Because it beefs up your lower back muscles as well as your core muscles many people with lordosis or excessive curvature of the spin benefit greatly from performing it. Surprisingly enough it is an excellent cardio workout. It truly taxes your cardiovascular system.

Another great benefit to the deadlift is that it is a great fat burner.

Since you are working so many muscles at once, the calories are naturally burned away as huge amounts of energy are expended.  Your metabolism gets a much needed boost which is awesome for losing fat or maintaining a state of low body fat. A fast metabolism burns calories even while you are sleeping or on the couch watching TV.

When you learn how to do the exercise properly, you will pick up things from the ground in the safest way possible as you navigate through your day. You will have an invaluable and effective tool for your workout programs that will enhance any sporting or daily activity.

For more information on the deadlift and a full eBook explaining the importance of this exercise to your overall health check out “Strong Men Stay Young” where you’ll find “The Original Tough Guy Exercise”…everything you need to properly perform and utilize this super exercise in your life.

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