Barbell Deadlift

Exercise: Deadlift
Equipment: Barbell, Platform
Type: Compound, Pull
Level: Intermediate
Lower Back, Calves, Forearms, Glutes, Hamstrings, Lats, Middle Back, Quads, Traps


Set the barbell on the ground. Load the barbell.

Once the barbell is loaded, stand behind the barbell, with your toes facing the barbell and your shins close but not touching the barbell. Your feet should be slightly closer than shoulder width apart.

Keep your back straight, bend your knees, and bend forward to grip the barbell. Your hands should be on the outside of your legs, approximately shoulder width apart. Various grips can be used (double overhanded or one under and one over).

This is the starting position.

Grip the bar tight and stand up, pushing with your legs, to the upright position, breathing out. The whole movement upward should begin with the power of your legs, and your upper body and back should take over for the latter half.

At the top, thrust your chest forward, and push your shoulders back.

Return to the starting position by bending your knees, leaning forward and keeping your back straight. The repetition ends when the weights touch the floor completely.

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