Deadlifts

Learn Proper Deadlift Form and all the Benefits and Variations of one of the Best Compound Exercises for Gaining Muscle Mass and Body Fat Loss


Welcome to our Deadlifts Exercise main page!

Here we've linked to all of our Weight Training Exercises that are variations of this popular lift. Each Deadlift exercise variation includes pictures, exercise instructions, and tips on proper deadlift form so you'll be able to immediately add to your Leg Workouts and other Weight Training Programs.



Have you checked out our list of the Best Leg Exercises yet? How about our Best Back Exercises? See if any deadlifts made the cut!

In addition to learning how to deadlift safely and correctly, you also need to know why deadlifts need to be in your weight training routines. We'll make our case.

Skip directly to all of our deadlift exercises or continue reading below.

So Why should your Workout Routines include Deadlifts?

The short of it is that this weightlifting exercise:
  • Strengthens the lower back and core leading to better posture
  • Gives you functional strength applicable to everyday use
  • Increases your grip strength and maxes on squats and bench press,
  • Is a full body compound exercise and one of the best exercises for weight loss or building muscle mass

We'll expand on our last point because it's considered the most important benefit by most lifters.

Deadlifts: One of the Best Strength Training Exercises and Fat Burning Exercises

As we mentioned, deadlifts are a full body, compound exercise that can be utilized effectively in both Muscle Building Workouts as well as Fat Loss Workouts. Burn fat build muscle. Nice huh?

Barbell Deadlifts and Dumbbell Deadlift, for example, work your abs, calves, forearms, glutes, hamstrings, lats, lower back, quadriceps, traps, and upper back—How's that for a complete exercise?

Calling on all of these muscle groups triggers the release of more muscle building testosterone and growth hormone than nearly any other lift. If food is fuel for muscle growth, then these natural chemicals are the nitrous oxide.

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Another benefit of working several muscle groups at once is that your body is forced to extract more energy (burn more calories) than during an isolation leg exercise such as Leg Extensions. Don't believe us? Try any isolation exercise then try any deadlift variation and see which one makes you more gassed.

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Deadlifts Tips

The deadlift can be dangerous if not performed correctly and with the right amount of weight. Make sure to follow our tips listed below and on each weight training exercises page unless your goal is to be the biggest guy in a back brace.
  1. The deadlift exercise is not recommended for people with lower back problems.

  2. Do not increase the weight on this exercise until you have mastered the correct form. Complete instructions on proper deadlift form are listed on each individual exercise page.

  3. Look forward and keep your chest up throughout the exercise making sure you do not round your back as you move the torso.

  4. Jerking motions or using too much weight should be avoided and are especially dangerous.

Deadlifts Variations

Exercise
Name
Primary
Muscle(s)
Addl Equip.
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Barbell DeadliftsHamstrings, Calves, Forearms, Glutes, Lats, Lower Back, Quadriceps, Traps, Upper Back Barbell
Dumbbell DeadliftHamstrings, Calves, Forearms, Glutes, Lats, Lower Back, Quadriceps, Traps, Upper BackDumbbells
Dumbbell Romanian DeadliftHamstrings, Calves, Forearms, Glutes, Lower Back, Upper Back Dumbbells
One Arm Side DeadliftsHamstrings, Abs, Calves, Glutes, Lower Back, Quads, TrapsBarbell
Romanian DeadliftHamstrings, Calves, Forearms, Glutes, Lower Back, Upper Back Barbell
Smith Machine Romanian DeadliftHamstrings, Calves, Forearms, Glutes, Lower Back, Upper BackSmith Machine
Sumo DeadliftHamstrings, Forearms, Glutes, Hip Adductors, Lower Back, Quadriceps, Traps, Upper Back Barbell
Stiff Leg DeadliftHamstrings, Calves, Glutes, Lower Back, Upper BackBarbell



Leg Exercises by Primary Muscle Trained

To access more weight lifting exercises sorted by primary muscle trained, head to our
Weight Training Exercises main page or link directly to all of our leg exercises.

Our leg exercises are broken down in to the following pages:

More of the Most Popular Leg Exercises:

Rather than viewing exercises by primary muscle, check out these other popular Leg Exercises. Each page links to all of the variations of these popular lower body exercises.

Back Exercises:

Most deadlifts also target your lower and upper back muscles. Makes sure to view our Back Exercises page, which links directly to our Lower Back Exercises as well as our Lat Exercises, and Upper Back Exercises.



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