The barbell deadlift builds total-body strength by targeting the lower back, hamstrings, quads, and glutes. The exercise also increases core strength and stability.
Step by step instructions
Standing straight up with a loaded barbell with an overhand grip about twice as wide as shoulder-width.
Without allowing your lower back to round, slowly lower the barbell towards the ground. Pause, then stand up and thrust your hips forward as you squeeze your glutes. Return to starting position.
Mistakes and Tips
- Avoid rounding your back throughout the movement. Focus on keeping your chest up and your back flat.
- Avoid bouncing the plates for the next rep. Instead, reset after each rep and let the bar come to a dead stop.
- Keep your head inline with the rest of your body and avoid overarching at the neck.