Deadlift

The deadlift is a weight training exercise in which the lifter, gripping a loaded barbell or bar, lifts weight off the ground to the level of their hips. Once establishing composure at the top of the lift, they’ll then lower the weight back to the ground.[1] 

This lift is considered one of the three powerlifting exercises, along with the squat and bench press.

Deadlift originates from the concept of athletes lifting dead (without momentum) weight, such as weights lying on the ground.  Very few standard weight training exercises begin all repetitions with dead weight. This lift qualifies as one of the few.

A lifter can approach the bar with several positions when performing the deadlift. These positions include the conventional lift, squat, and sumo variants.

Most lifts begin with an eccentric (lowering of the weight) phase, followed by the concentric (lifting of the weight) phase.

Normally we wouldn’t go this technical with you, but it is important for you to understand the significance of energy storage in these lifts.

This exercise uses the hips and legs as the primary movers. Still, it can just as easily be considered a back exercise. This most commonly occurs if the lifter is completing the lift with incorrect form and technique.

The deadlift is commonly known as the heaviest of all lifts.
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