Proper Deadlift Technique and the Importance Of The Deadlift
By: Curtis Dennis Jr.
The deadlift is an excellent compound movement that works
virtually every muscle, with emphasis on the quadriceps,
hamstrings, gluteus maximus, and most muscles in the back.
The remaining muscles are involved in stability control. The
areas that garner the most benefit from this are the hips,
thighs, buttocks, lower back, and to some extent, the
trapezius, latissimus dorsi and forearms.
For years, the deadlift has been the most feared exercise
among bodybuilders, while it's been praised among
powerlifters. But, what people sometimes forget is that the
deadlift determines your strength and is a mass builder.
Finnish bodybuilders and powerlifters use the deadlift
because it's the true strength builder. The reason people
might not do the deadlift is because of back injuries, might
make a physique blocky, or they just don't want to do it.
To me, the deadlift is my best exercise and I love it. I
won't do a workout program without it, because without it,
it becomes a missing link. I believe that highly in it.
At first, beginners will think that the deadlift is much
easier than the squat or bench press. But after a few weeks,
they will love it or hate it. Nothing comes easy. And this
is true when you talk about the deadlift. Reason why?
Because the deadlift effects so much.
Completing The Deadlift
When you do the deadlift, with the proper technique, it hits the back, the lats, the
quads, the glutes, the arms and forearms, and even the abs.
Which proves that the deadlift produces more results than
the bench press and the squats.
The feeling of getting stronger is the reason why I like the
exercise other than the bench press and the squats. Not only
are you getting stronger on the deadlifts, but you are also
getting mentally stronger.
The mental aspect plays a big part in the deadlift. When I
go to deadlift, I tell myself that I am going to pull that
weight, no matter what. Sometimes this is another reason why
people don't do the deadlift; because it requires mental
power which invites hard work.
Enthusiasm from others can make a difference, maybe even a
big difference, in your deadlift. But it all starts from
believing you can do the lift. Like the bench press and the
squat, there are variations. You can do the deadlift with
dumbbells (Stiff-Leg Dumbbell Deadlift). Just by assuming
the same position as you would if you were using the bar.
The deadlift is a great exercise for both powerlifters and
bodybuilders. For powerlifters, it can make them stronger
and even help them in the squat.
For bodybuilders, it can pack on size and strength. Look at
pro bodybuilders Mike Francois and Marko Savolainen. You
would notice that they have one thing in common, both have
mass and thickness.
For any avid weight trainer, it can determine how strong
they are. In other parts of the world, you would be asked
how much you can deadlift. But here, people ask you how much
you can bench or squat, not knowing that you true strength
lies in deadlifts only.
But just like the squat or the bench press, they require
just as much work, both mentally and physically. And if you
can, try to enjoy it a little. Pulling heavy weight can be a
great mental boost. The deadlift can do a lot, that's why it
should be important.
The All time world record is held by Andy Bolton (UK) with a
conventional pull of 971 lbs (2006), surpassing the previous
record held by Benedikt Magnusson by a mere 1 lb.
The Romanian Deadlift was named by American lifters who saw
a World Championship lifter from Romania performing it
during the 1950's.
In general, most people will be able to lift more weight
with a deadlift than with a squat, owing to using supporting
structures (which vary in strength just by their very
nature) in a different manner, particularly the back and
abdominal muscles. The deadlift makes more use of the back
muscles, while the squat makes more use of the abdominal
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