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7 Reasons Why You Should Be Deadlifting

Written by Jason Ferruggia Topics: Muscle

andy-bolton-2Special guest post by world record holding deadlift champion, Andy Bolton

The Deadlift is a superb exercise.

Now you might think I’m biased, given that I’m pretty good at it (In case you don’t know – I’m that big dude that’s pulled over a 1000lbs. Twice)… that said – by the time you’ve finished reading this article I’m sure you’ll want to start hitting the deadlift HARD.

Here are 7 reasons why the Deadlift is a superb exercise for serious Athletes…
1. If you’re a bodybuilder, or a guy who wants to be JACKED, very few things add slabs of granite-hard muscle to your body like heavy deads

2. If you’re a powerlifter or strongman – your sporting success depends a lot on how good your deadlift is. The deadlift is where power meets are won and lost and in any given strongman competition, one or more events are strongly deadlift based

3. Deadlifting builds a pretty decent grip; at least once you get fairly strong at it. In most sports, having a stronger grip will make you a better athlete.

In fact, my friend Elliot Newman recently spoke with Dr Stuart McGill and ‘Stu’ said that one very common thing he sees in many ELITE athletes is a lack of grip strength. So making those paws stronger is good – no matter what level you’re at

4. If you program your deadlift training sensibly, it will make you a lot STRONGER from head-to-toe. In particular – your glutes, hamstrings, entire back, core, forearms and grip will get stronger.

And when you get stronger, good things usually happen. For instance, you’ll probably notice that you get FASTER and more POWERFUL too. Faster, more powerful athletes are always better athletes.

5. The deadlift is relatively simple to learn (at least compared with many other barbell lifts). Sure, not everybody is ready to pull from the floor, but there is a variation to suit everybody – even if their mobility totally sucks.

The short learning curve and adaptability make the deadlift a great choice for athletes because it means that they don’t have to spend months drilling the exercise before they can actually load up some weight and see a meaningful improvements in strength, muscle mass and sporting performance.

6. The deadlift teaches AGGRESSION. If you aren’t aggressive with a heavy pull – it isn’t gonna budge an inch. This aggression is something that many sports require, so there’s a nice carry over effect.

7. The deadlift really hits the posterior chain hard (the back of the body). So if you’re one of those guys who has over-trained the ‘mirror muscles’ (front of your body), incorporating deadlifts into your training is a great way to bring balance back to your physique.

Of course – to be a good athlete – one who performs like a BEAST and is resilient to injury… it helps to be balanced.

So there you have it…

Now, before you rush off to pull a Deadlift PR, I need to tell you a couple of important things…

  • You must deadlift with good form. Failure to do so can result in some extremely nasty injuries. Go to enough powerlifting meets and sooner or later you’ll see lower back injuries, tweaked hamstrings and torn biceps galore.Not fun.BUT… the prevention method is simple – deadlift with good technique!
  • You must program your deadlift training sensibly. Seriously, get it wrong and you’ll likely end up overtrained faster than Usain Bolt runs the 100. No joke.

If you want to know how to deadlift with not only decent, but world class TECHNIQUE and you’d like to program your deadlifts in a way that doesn’t burn you out and builds mighty strength and muscle, grab a copy of my new book that I’ve written with Pavel Tsatsouline.

It’s called Deadlift Dynamite and you can learn more by clicking HERE.

As Pavel would say: “Power To You!”

Stay strong and get STRONGER,
Andy Bolton

Jay, back at ya here… I had the pleasure of reading Deadlift Dynamite by Pavel and Andy last weekend and can tell you that it’s a freakin awesome book and a must have for any serious strength coach or trainer.

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10 Responses to 7 Reasons Why You Should Be Deadlifting

  1. Hankslam Rondo November 15, 2012 at 10:03 am #

    I can add a #8…you the athlete are in “control”. If the lift is going bad (poor tech, something not feeling right) JUST LET GO OF THE BAR.

    #9, unlike a Squat, the Deadlift is a NO CRUSH event. If you miss a Squat, with the bar sitting on top of you could be a problem. Deadlifts require NO SPOTTERS and it literally works the same group of muscles.

    Hankslam Rondo

  2. Harry Clarke November 15, 2012 at 11:00 am #

    I have been doing dead-lifts ever since I started your muscle gaining secrets program. They are by far one of my favorite exercises. Started them out with straps but want to work on my forearm strength so am doing them with out straps now with a mixed grip for holding the bar making progress. Thanks for the great read.

  3. Matt Z November 16, 2012 at 6:48 am #

    Maybe we should follow suit with Texas and start a petition to have the deadlift become the official “King of Exercises.” Apparently if you can get 25k people to sign a petition within 30 days the White house has to issue a response…

  4. Adam Robertson November 16, 2012 at 7:13 am #

    I herniated a disk while deadlifting about a year ago. I have stopped since and have thus far removed all pain from my back. I have been debating on whether I should ever deadlift again, granted I had nasty form before and know that was why I got injured. I have lost size and strength from my back, and overall, since I stopped so I understand its importance, but still hard to decide whether I want to try that road again. Any suggestions on how to work my way into it?

    • GymJim April 8, 2013 at 7:22 am #

      start light and build up weight, keeping form perfect. DL is a great rehab movement as well as long as you stay light and perfect.

    • branko April 10, 2013 at 12:52 am #

      i have only one word for you trap bar deadlifts ! these lets you keep the lower back in a more neutral position .

  5. deb roby November 19, 2012 at 6:06 pm #

    I LOVE the deadlift! Have since I first started doing them; and found them helpful in recovering from 2 surgeries.

    An important adjunct thought to your #3: they now believe that grip strength (or the lack thereof) is a good predictor of longevity. May not be on your mind at the moment, but someday it will be! (says the 60 year old)…

  6. Thomas Pawlowski April 7, 2013 at 7:45 am #

    I’ve always deadlifted from the floor. I did conventional style for a few years but recently switched to Sumo. I often get a sore lower back from deadlifting, does this mean I am doing something wrong? Is a sore lower back from deadlifts natural?

  7. Cole Summers April 7, 2013 at 3:37 pm #

    Fine book..packed with great information!

  8. Dan December 19, 2013 at 4:16 pm #

    Deadlifts give you the best ROI.

    That is to say you receive the most benefit for time invested.

    Deadlifts and Squats stimulate the most muscle fibers and increase the amount of testosterone produced and hgh released in the body.

    Both are hormones that aid in the creation of muscle.