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You don't have to be a power lifter to appreciate the power of this move. And while it may look like your lower body is doing all the work, when done right the deadlift activates every major muscle group in your body.
Stand in front of a weighted bar, two dumbbells/kettlebells, or a sandbag with your feet a little wider than hip-width apart. Bend at your hips and knees and grab the weight(s) with an overhand grip. Keeping your lower back slightly arched, not rounded, pull your torso back and up, thrust your hips forward, and stand up with the weight in front of your body (Keep it close as if you are shaving your legs). Lower the weight down to the floor, keeping it as close to your body as possible.
Form tip: Pulling your shoulders back and down (contracting your lats—the muscles down the sides of your back) will help you maintain a comfortable arch in your lower back and keep the work in your legs and glutes. Click here for a how-to video.
Use these complex exercises to trim and tone from head to toe.
7 Fat-Burning Moves that Tone Your Whole Body
7 Fat-Burning Moves That Tone Your Whole Body