Nov 04 2016
The deadlift is one of our favourite exercises here at Salecca, we believe everyone should be performing a deadlift in one way or another. But what is a deadlift? Well when looking at it simply, deadlifting is the art of lifting heavy objects off the ground. It’s origins are primal…
The deadlift is one of our favourite exercises here at Salecca, we believe everyone should be performing a deadlift in one way or another.
But what is a deadlift? Well when looking at it simply, deadlifting is the art of lifting heavy objects off the ground. It’s origins are primal with Neanderthal man lifting heavy rocks and other objects from the floor of their caves being the earliest form of deadlifting. The modern day equivalent, the conventional barbell deadlift, is lifting a stationary bar (the dead position) off the floor – hence the name deadlift. If the bar is bounced off the floor, it is not a deadlift!
When it comes to building strength head to toe, no other exercise can compare, the deadlift uses 90% of the muscles in your body – there is no truer test of brute strength. Unless medically unable you should be deadlifting. It is not just meant for huge powerlifters and young men! Whether you want to build a thick, dense back, a rock solid core or sculpt a bum that will turn heads, the deadlift is the answer.
There are even studies where pre back surgery patients have rehabbed their back through the movement, no-longer needing the surgery!
It WILL, without a doubt, make you look and feel stronger, fitter and sexier. If you’re serious about changing your physique deadlifting, and doing it heavy, must be a cornerstone of your training program. And for all of you functional guys who are all about ‘your core’, your core will strengthen quicker… and more from being able to lift 200kg, over holding a plank for a minute. As Sal say’s “being good at a plank just means you’d make a good table!”
The biggest problem with deadlifting is that it has bad PR, people are afraid of the movement. In fact, I used to be scared of them too. I was apprehensive about my technique and concerned about trashing my back. This was because most of the information I had been given was over-complicated and always came with the warning about how easy it was to get injured doing them.
To be fair, there’s is some truth in this because if it is performed incorrectly, it can cause back issues. If you allow the lower back to round under heavy load while deadlifting you’re at risk, but this is only a problem is you add poor form to a an overinflated ego! As with any exercise, be sensible with the weight – and get coached!
Outside the gym deadlifting will do for you!
Well, it will improve your every day life without you even noticing. You perform deadlifts every day without even realising, picking up your kids, picking up your bag, moving furniture. All of these tasks will become easier and safer if you’re deadlifting in the gym. How many times have you heard of people picking up objects and putting their back out!
So be honest, are you deadlifting regularly? If not, why not? Are you lazy or afraid?
If you’re afraid don’t be! Learn how to do them properly, because when they’re done with correct form, they’re not only safe but they will change the way you view yourself. Because once you struggled your way to lifting +100kg plus off the floor, all other tasks seem a breeze!