Tuesday, August 28, 2012

The Deadlift: 08/28/2012

The deadlift is quite possibly one of the best lifts that you can do for your body. It increases core strength, leg strength, back strength, grip strength, and arm strength. So, yep you guessed it, the deadlift is a total body strength exercise.


Just a few pointers when performing the deadlift. 
  1. Make sure that you maintain a slight curve in the lower back
  2. Keep your focus forward
  3. Think of sticking out your butt this will maintain the curve in your lower back
  4. For heavier lifts have an alternate grip (one palm out the other palm in)
  5. Keep your knees over your feet
  6. Feet should be either under your hips or shoulders (too wide a stance can lead to hip, knee, ankle, or foot injury
  7. Hands placement should be just outside the knees
  8. The bar should be just in front of, but not touching the shin when in the bent over position
  9. Keep your shoulders pulled back during the entire exercise
  10. As with all lifting exercises exhale on the concentric contraction (lifting phase) and inhale on the eccentric (returning to start) phase 
For some great ways to modify the deadlift please go to Men's Health

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