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Deadlifting For Greater Health

So you walk into {insert “big box” gym name here} and see the “strongest” person in the gym deadlifting 2x their body weight. You think, “wow, they must be really strong”. Truth is they may be strong in the conventional sense and that 1 rep max looked pretty good, but what happens when they need to sustain repetition and use endurance. We’re all going to the gym for different reasons and have different goals. However, the reason we program such a variety of repetitions for you at Body One is to train your body to yes, be strong and be able to deadlift 2x your body weight if you so please, but to also be able to sustain 10-12 reps of a decently high weight as well. And this is what makes you more functional and prepared for the uncertainty of daily life as well, ie: picking up someone who fell to the ground that's larger than you, playing sports with your kids or friends, aging gracefully and healthfully without a major decrease in bone density, the list goes on.

Let’s back up. For those of you that don’t know what a deadlift is, the deadlift is a movement where your hips hinge backward to lower down and pick up a weighted barbell or kettlebell from the floor. Your back is flat throughout the movement.The squat is a movement where you lower your thighs to the floor until they’re parallel while keeping your chest upright. The muscles being worked in a deadlift are the hamstrings, glutes, black, hips, core, and trapezius.

The top 5 benefits of doing deadlifts are:

  • They work your entire body - A deadlift is a compound movement in which a variety of muscle groups are being used all at the same time to achieve the same goal of lifting the weight below.

  • Grip strength - By clasping the bar repeatedly and for long periods of times, the muscles of the forearms and hands build endurance and strength.

  • Fat burning - Given you’re working your entire body , at a variety of different repetitions and weight amounts, it triggers the use of said muscle groups to burn more fat.

  • Increased awareness of better posture - There is such an emphasis on correct form when doing a deadlift and all the muscles necessary to do one are used to hold your body in an optimal posture position.

  • Injury Prevention - “The deadlift requires total control of the deep abdominals, the hips, and the pelvis, which is paramount in the treatment and prevention of low back pain,” says Nicholas Licameli, a physical therapist at Professional Physical Therapy. Because the deadlift trains the posterior chain—which includes the spinal erectors, lats, rhomboids, glutes, and hamstrings—Licameli says it helps to prevent injury in muscle groups that are typically ignored.

Happy Deadlifting!

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