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10 Reasons to Learn to Deadlift

Updated: Oct 15, 2018


Pick Things up Properly

Learning to deadlift (or hip hinge) provides you with the skill to safely pick things up from the floor. It teaches you to create a rigid and neutral torso which will keep you from throwing your back out when picking your shopping/dog/lightsaber up off the floor.


'Unagi'

"Unagi is a state of total awareness" Ross Gellar.

Learning to deadlift will enhance your awareness of the position of your hips, knees, ankles and back during exercise. This will come in handy for other movements such as squats, rows and presses. Ahhh salmon skin roll.


PCP

Not the drug! Posterior chain power! Deadlifting makes your glutes, hamstrings and back (posterior chain) stronger, firmer and more powerful. These muscles help you jump higher and run faster.


Cardio Without Doing Cardio

Deadlifting for high repetitions (12+) and short rest periods provides cardiovascular benefits. This means improving your cardio without the 10 mile jog. Who doesn't want that?


Get Hormonal

After deadlifting, your testosterone and growth hormone levels elevate. That helps with building muscle and burning fat. Ladies, that doesn’t mean you’ll grow a beard, it’s all part of the toning up process


Strength

According to Mark Rippetoe, stronger people are more difficult to kill and more useful in general. Deadlifting makes you these things.


Whole Body Workout

If you’re short on time, deadlifting will give your entire body a thorough workout. Calves, hamstrings, glutes, entire back, traps and arms are all heavily involved. There are also several deadlift variations should you ever wish to vary your training.


Grip Strength

A strong grip is good for many things in sport and life. Squeezing oranges, for example. Deadlifts and loaded carries are the two best ways to improve your grip strength.


Treat Lower Back Pain

Previously feared and thought of as being bad for your back, people are now realising that deadlifting isn't bad for your back, bad deadlifting is bad for your back. Resistance training technique is crucial regardless of the exercise, but it is particularly important to have good technique when performing a deadlift.


Deadlifts are now being prescribed by physical therapists as a way to treat lower back pain. This is because of the strengthening effects deadlifts have on the spinal erectors and glutes. Also, the inability to extend the hips fully has been associated with lower back issues; deadlifts teach you and require you to extend your hips fully.


Improve Mobility

Deadlifting ‘stretches’ the hamstrings under load, which is one of the best ways to increase range of motion. Can’t touch your toes? Deadlift for a month or two and that will change.