The Ultimate Guide to Deadlifts
by Callum Allan on Dec 21, 2022
Deadlifts are one of the most important exercises you can do in the gym. Not only does it target multiple muscle groups at once, but it also helps strengthen your core and improve your posture. It’s one of the best lifts for overall body strength and conditioning—but so many people don’t know how to properly perform a deadlift. That’s why we’ve created this guide to help you master the deadlift. Read on to learn how to do a deadlift correctly!
Form is Key
The number one thing you need to remember when doing a deadlift is form. Bad form will not only make it harder for you to lift heavier weights, but it can also lead to injury if done incorrectly. When performing a deadlift, make sure your back remains in its natural curve throughout the exercise and that your chest is slightly elevated while keeping your core engaged. It’s also important to keep your shoulder blades back and down during the entire movement, as well as keep your eyes focused straight ahead of you.
Having strong grip strength helps with performing any type of lift, including the deadlift. When gripping the barbell for a deadlift, make sure that your hands are slightly wider than shoulder-width apart and that you have an overhand grip (palms facing down). You should also make sure that the barbell is lined up directly above your mid-foot so that you don't put unnecessary strain on other parts of your body. Make sure you squeeze tightly on the barbell when performing each rep and focus on keeping consistent tension throughout each rep rather than just powering through them with too much weight at once.
When doing a deadlift, proper breathing technique is essential in order to get maximum results from each rep without straining yourself too much or risking injury. Before each repetition, take a deep breath into your diaphragm (not into your chest) and hold it until after you've completed the repetition (this helps ensure that your spine remains stable during each rep). Then exhale slowly as you lower the barbell back down towards the ground before repeating again for another rep. This type of breathing technique helps keep your spine safe by ensuring there's enough air pressure inside of it throughout every repetition.
Mastering the deadlift takes time and practice, but if done correctly it can be an incredibly effective tool for strengthening not just our muscles but our minds as well! With these tips in mind – proper form, grip strength, and breathing technique – we hope that now you feel more confident about performing this classic exercise safely and effectively in order to reach those fitness goals faster! Good luck!