A deadlift is a compound exercise that typically involves lifting a barbell off of the ground with a straight back. It’s one of the three main powerlifting exercises, along with the bench press and the squat.
While it works nearly every muscle in the body, the exercise primarily strengthens the lower back, hamstrings, glutes, and quadriceps . Proper form while deadlifting is super important in order to prevent injury to the back.
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