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……..
You and I both know that exercise and training doesn’t get any easier as we get older, but if you’re ‘feeling’ your age, have increasingly annoying niggles or contemplating packing in a sport/activity you love and enjoy then you need to read this.
Ground-breaking technology that can instantly reveal what the naked eye can’t. How much force is a runner putting on one leg in comparison to the other? How unstable is the knee that recently underwent surgery? How much is a runner at risk of getting injured?
In order to function properly we need strength and mobility, but we also need stability and control. In this article I explain the fundamentals of Dynamic Stability Training (DST) (sometimes referred to as Functional Stability Training) and how you can get better at it to prevent unnecessary injuries and improve your physical performance through increased efficiency.
The topic of movement competency (ability) has received little attention in the scientific literature away from elite level sports performance. However, there are a few dedicated professionals who are striving to bring this ‘missing link’ to a wider audience with a view to increase people’s awareness of its importance for the reduction of unnecessary injuries and increased performance.
Squats are, in my opinion, an awesome exercise for just about anything! However, as with all exercises this is only the case when the squat is performed correctly. With this in mind here’s my take on why most people have difficulty squatting. For common squat faults click here.
Ankle mobility is essential for efficient and correct movement. As with spinal mobility, I’ve yet to come across someone who doesn’t need to mobilise their ankles before exercise. Whether you’re an athlete or just a weekend warrior include these drills in your warm-up routine for a better workout.
The topic of movement competency has received little attention in the scientific literature away from elite level sports performance. However, there are a few dedicated professionals who are striving to bring this topic to a wider audience with a view to increase peoples’ awareness of its importance for the reduction of unnecessary injuries.