The deadlift, in my opinion, is the number one strength exercise.
The deadlift recruits more muscle groups than any other compound exercise (an exercise that involves 2 or more joints and recruits multiple muscle groups), with particular emphasis on the gluteus maximus, hamstrings and quadriceps of the lower body, along with the erector spinae and multiple stabilisers of the lower and upper back.
A lot of people stay away from deadlifts for fear of injury, particularly to the lower back – this perception couldn’t be further from the truth!
Deadlifting (as well as most other exercises) with bad technique will definitely increase your risk of getting injured, however deadlifting with good form and smart load selection will strengthen and stabilised your back.
Before I go into my 3 top coaching cues for the deadlift……..