Deadlift

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 [1]. Proper form while deadlifting is super important in order to prevent injury to the back.

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Proper deadlift form can be tough to master, but don't let that keep you from adding this total-body strength move to your routine. Read on for our guide to deadlifting (plus awesome variations you need to know).
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Instead of pedaling back and forth on an elliptical or restricting yourself to weight machines all the time, try out some full-body functional exercises that can make you a stronger athlete, increase power and endurance, and make everyday activities easier.

Weightlifting belts can help prevent lower back injury, but they're not always necessary. In some cases they may even increase the risk of injury. Get the facts before accessorizing.

Weightlifting belts can help prevent lower back injury, but they're not always necessary. In some cases they may even increase the risk of injury. Get the facts before accessorizing.

Instead of pedaling back and forth on an elliptical or restricting yourself to weight machines all the time, try out some full-body functional exercises that can make you a stronger athlete, increase power and endurance, and make everyday activities easier.

Jake Schellenschlager is totally jacked. He's also only 14 years old. Take our poll and let us know how you feel about kids lifting heavy.
Proper deadlift form can be tough to master, but don't let that keep you from adding this total-body strength move to your routine. Read on for our guide to deadlifting (plus awesome variations you need to know).

Works Cited

  1. Biomechanical analysis of the deadlift during the 1999 Special Olympics World Games. Escamilla, R.F., Lowry, T.M., Osbahr, D.C., et al. Michael W. Krzyzewski Human Performance Laboratory, Division of Orthopaedic Surgery, Duke University Medical Center, Durham, NC. Medicine and Science in Sports Exercise. 2001 Aug;33(8):1345-53.