Is deadlifting really as effective as they say? Read my blog and understand why it should be included in your workout and why technique is so important.
Individuals who want to improve their strength, posture, and overall health usually include dead lift exercises in their fitness program. This exercise is an integral component of a strength development program that virtually works every muscle in the body and emphasizes hips, thighs, buttocks, lower back, the shoulders, and the forearms. These body parts are the postural chain of the body and are essential for maintaining proper posture. The dead lift is taught by fitness experts to people who want to increase their level of strength and muscle mass.
The dead lift is one of the best exercises for improving ones physique, especially if that fitness goal wants to be attained in just a short period of time. The best thing about this exercise is that it does not require any fancy gadgets and equipment. All one needs is a barbell and a flat surface. The barbell can be loaded with as much weight as one can handle and pick it off the ground while keeping the back straight. The dead lift also has possible rehabilitation benefits. Research has shown that the moderate to high hamstring activity performed as part of a dead lift routine may help strengthen the Anterior Cruciate Ligament during rehabilitation. The movement of this exercise translates well into real life because it can be likened to bending and lifting.
However, unsupervised and incorrect execution of dead lifts may cause injury. It is important to consult a doctor before engaging in high intensity exercises like the dead lift. Take a look at this diagram and you will see the correct placement of your shoulder blades ie: directly above the bar.
Also it helps to develop cardio respiratory fitness. Like the squat, deadlifts will severely tax the cardio respiratory system if done with enough intensity. This obviously has positive ramifications for cardiovascular health. In fact, high intensity deadlifts aerobically push the body big time.
So to answer my question at the start…. Yes Dead Lifting is a huge advantage to your gym routines and should be included at least once a week.
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