How to: Do a Deadlift

Deadlift – Good.

Name:  Deadlift
Also known as:  (if you know this by any other name, leave a comment below).
Main muscles used:  Bum, legs, back.
Other muscles used:  Forearms, lats.

Top tips:

  • The natural curve of your back should not change throughout the move.
  • Push your chest and bum out at the start and end of the move.
  • The key words to get you in the right position are “tits out & bum out
  • Keep the weight as close to your centreline as possible.
  • When lifting the weight, start straightening your knees first, and your hips second.
  • When lowering the weight, start bending your hips first, and your knees second.
  • Keep your arms locked straight all the time.
Deadlift - Bad.

Deadlift – Bad.

Common mistakes:

  • Bending and hunching your spine forwards.
  • Leaning back at the top of the move.
  • Not sticking your bum out enough at the bottom of the move.
  • Bending your knees too far forwards over your toes.
  • Holding the weight too far in front and away from your centreline.
  • Trying to pick up the weight with your arms, instead of using your legs and bum.

Comments: The Deadlift teaches us how to pick things up from the floor without hurting ourselves.  It is also a very good exercise for the back half of our bodies.  Because we can’t see the back half of our bodies, most of us don’t think about, and neglect them.