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Deadlift overview

The Deadlift is a compound, full-body exercise that engages multiple muscle groups, including the hamstrings, glutes, lower back, and upper back. It is considered one of the most effective strength-building exercises, promoting overall muscle development, functional strength, and improved posture. Explore the specifications, step-by-step instructions, and variations to optimize the benefits of the Deadlift in your strength training routine.

The Deadlift primarily targets the hamstrings, glutes, lower back, upper back, and grip strength.

Deadlift how to perform

  • Step 1: Stand with your feet hip-width apart, toes pointing forward, and a barbell in front of you.
  • Step 2: Bend at the hips and knees, lowering your body to grip the barbell with an overhand grip (hands slightly wider than shoulder-width).
  • Step 3: Keep your back flat, chest up, and shoulders back as you lift the barbell by straightening your hips and knees simultaneously.
  • Step 4: Stand tall, ensuring the barbell is close to your body throughout the movement.
  • Step 5: Lower the barbell back to the ground with control by hinging at the hips and bending the knees.


Perform each repetition with controlled movements, maintaining proper form and a neutral spine.

Starting position

Final position

CAUTION: Rember to consult with a fitness professional or healthcare provider before starting a new exercise program, especially if you have any pre-existing conditions.

Exercise Tips

  • Engage your core throughout the movement to support your lower back.
  • Keep the barbell close to your body to minimize stress on your lower back.
  • Lift with your hips and legs rather than relying solely on your back.
  • Ensure a strong and secure grip on the barbell.


  1. Romanian Deadlift (RDL): Focuses more on the hamstrings and involves a slight bend in the knees.
  2. Sumo Deadlift: Wider stance with toes pointing outward, emphasizing the inner thighs.
  3. Trap Bar Deadlift: Uses a specialized trap bar for a different grip and body positioning.
  4. Single-Leg Deadlift: Increases balance and engages each leg independently.
  5. Deficit Deadlift: Elevates the lifter slightly, increasing the range of motion.