The deadlift has a negative connotation because of the lunks at the gym with veins popping out of their foreheads, spreading chalk all over the floor and into your nostrils, and grunting louder than the latest Ariana Grande song that you have streaming through your ear buds.
What if I told you, however, that the deadlift could change your life for the better? Is it possible that this misunderstood movement could have surprising benefits for your joints, fat burning results, and even your mind!
Below are three examples backed by a Mark Rippetoe, a global training brand, and countless personal trainers across the country.
- More Mobility, Less Pain
If you have ever discussed ‘Deadlifting’, then you have most likely heard this. A lot of people consider the deadlift the ultimate back breaker and encourage you to stay far away from the movement.
Of course without proper form, or trying to impress your buddies in the gym with too much weight, injuries can definitely happen.
However, consider everyday movements that you and millions of other people make every day when you bend over to pick something up off the ground.
That is, in essence, a deadlift.
If done right, the deadlift will greatly improve your mobility and lower your risk of injury or pain when doing everyday movements.
A recent 6-week experiment conducted by the global training brand, Poloquin Group, confirmed this.
In the study trainees added deadlifts to their regular workouts and by the end of the 6 weeks, all trainees found that their movement patterns had vastly improved.
These improved movement patterns allowed for better coordination in the hips and knees which made all of the trainees experience less joint pain!
Additionally, deadlifts have been shown to increase bone strength and reduce the chances of experiencing a fracture.
As we age, we tend to experience more brittle bones so adding deadlifting to your routine is an investment in your future health and will help future you live pain free!
- Improving Mental Fortitude
Deadlifting is a hard thing. It’s not supposed to be easy. It’s supposed to challenge you every single time you pick up the bar.
When you go to pull a new 1 rep personal best, or a new personal best for number of reps, there is going to be a moment that you don’t think you are going to be able to get it the rest of the way up or get another rep.
Then, you look adversity in the face and you pull that weight. You get it up. You pushed through.
Do you think that this mental toughness only stays in the weight room and above the bar?
Training your mental toughness above the bar will translate into your everyday life. The more you challenge yourself and conquer and embrace the suck, the more you are going to dominate the challenges you will face in business, finances, and life.
You strengthen your mind when you do hard things, so pull that bar!
- It Burns Fat Fast
We all want to trim our waist, tighten our curves and become more defined. A lot of workout programs are just much too complex to follow and seem to be too daunting of a task for a beginner in the gym.
This is where the deadlift steps in.
The deadlift is a lift that activates every muscle in your body in order to get the bar up. Your calves, quads and glute have to activate as you squat and start to stand.
Your core and back have to be engaged in order for your posture to be correct and safe.
Even your biceps, triceps, forearms and chest are engaged as you grip the bar and hold onto it through the lift.
Not a single part of your body is left out.
This makes deadlifting the true total body workout.