The deadlift is probably the KING of gym exercises and for good reason! It deploys a huge amount of both lower and upper body muscles when done correctly and it helps burn fat and build strength and lean muscle like nothing else!
5 reasons why you need to include deadlifts into your training....
1. They Build Strength And Muscle Like Nothing Else
When it comes to building strength, nothing does that better than big compound movements. The deadlift is one of the BEST compound movements purely because of the amount of muscles used when you perform it.
When executed correctly the deadlift uses the following muscles in some way:
2. They Help You Get Lean
Girls should not fear the deadlift. Although I mentioned above that it releases testosterone, females do not produce anywhere the same amounts as guys, so you WILL NOT get big and bulky. Click here to read more about what lifting will do for a girls body.
Wether you are a guy or a girl, due to the huge physical demand placed on the body when deadlifting you’ll burn LOADS of calories with each rep, so not only do they build muscle and strength, they also torch body fat like nothing else.
3. They Help Improve Your Posture And Lower The Risk Of Lower Back Pain
Because the deadlift works so many of the posterior chain and core muscles (the muscles that we rely on to walk and stand up straight) including the exercise in your routine will help develop better postural alignment.
Lower back pain often comes from having weak glutes and/or back muscles, as the deadlift massively targets these two muscles performing them correctly will help decrease the likelihood of you developing lower back pain.
4. They Help You Get A Six Pack
Unlike most ‘abs’ exercises which will target a certain area of your core, the deadlift hits pretty much every single core muscle when performed correctly. This means you will sculpt the entire core when deadlifting for that all round athletic looking mid section.
5. Deadlifts Improve Your Grip
One of the most challenging parts of a deadlift is holding on to that bar when you come to your last few reps. We use our forearm muscles to help us perform a variety of other exercises such as pull ups, bench press etc. As the deadlift relies massively on a strong grip your forearm muscles take a huge hit when lifting, meaning deadlifting is a great way to help you improve other exercises that rely heavily on a good grip.