Deadlifts: The King of Exercises
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In the weight-lifting realm deadlifts reign king.
With the exception of squats, deadlifts are far and away the best all-around exercise that exists. They build an all-around powerful, muscular, shredded physique faster than any other exercise can. It’s essentially cheating the weight-lifting system.
If you’re a woman — don’t fret, deadlifts are equally beneficial. They absolutely SHRED body fat, and in terms of building muscle, they’ll put it in all of your favorite places — the butt, legs, and back.
Here’s the full 101 on the benefits of deadlifting, how to deadlift the RIGHT way, and a few different flavors of deadlifts to infuse a little variety into your training routine.
The Many Benefits of Deadlifting
- Deadlifts burn a ton of calories and absolutely blast body fat
- Deadlifts build massive forearm and grip strength
- Deadlifts improve posture
- Deadlifts build total body strength
- Deadlifts work many muscle groups in one simple movement: the calves, quads, hamstrings, butt, arms, core, lower/middle/upper back, traps, and shoulders
- Deadlifts sculpt the entire core — obliques, upper abs, lower abs, transverse absominis (aka the inner abs, which sucks everything in tight)
- Deadlifts blast the hamstrings and butt. They’re one of the best exercises to do if you want a phenomenal ass
- Deadlifts increase the release of muscle-building hormones, such as HGH and testosterone
- Deadlifts are extremely safe when done with correct form. Unlike squats or the bench press, you don’t risk being pinned under a heavy weight. If your forearms or back give out you can bail and drop the weight safely
- Deadlifts prevent injury. They strengthen the back and prevent lower back pain
- Deadlifts have practical, real life application. Have you ever lifted a heavy TV or box off the floor? You’re deadlifting. Start deadlifting and impress your friends, spouse, or grandma the next time they ask for volunteers to move something heavy
- Deadlifts are a high-intensity cardiovascular workout. They work your heart and help raise VO2Max — your body’s ability to transport and use oxygen during exercise (it’s an indicator of your level of cardiovascular fitness).
- Deadlifts require very limited equipment. All you need is a barbell and some plates. Dumbbells work too
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