The deadlift is probably the most underused and misunderstood exercise that can be added to ones arsenal to strengthen and build the back, glutes and hamstrings.
However, where one might be a natural-born presser and/or squatter, natural-born deadlifters are few and far between. Why? Well, easily put, the deadlift is probably one of the, if not THE most technical of all basic weightlifting exercises. Having a good deadlift depends a lot on the technical aspects of the lift (i.e., hand, foot and bar placement, bar path, back position and even breathing). Although this isn’t a comprehensive list of ALL the technical aspects of the deadlift, IMO they are key elements. How well you deadlift will depend greatly on how you are able to master these aspects.
Once you feel comfortable with these aspects what can you do to make sure to see steady increases in your deadlift? First and foremost train the lift focusing on the aspects we discussed above. Aside from that there are some accessory movements that can be used to see regular progress.
I think, Icelandic strongman, Jon Pall Sigmarrson said it best, “There is no reason to be alive if you can’t…deadlift!”
Prepared by Frank Gonzalez
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