What are deadlifts?

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A deadlift is an exercise where the barbell begins and ends on the floor (hence "dead"). It is pulled up close to the body with the hamstrings, and then the glutes, while keeping the chest up and back straight. After locking out at the top, the motion is reversed back to the floor.

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There are various forms of deadlifts with each variation being performed differently then the others. The most basic deadlift is performed in 5 steps:

  1. Stand with the bar above the center of your feet - your stance should be a bit more narrow than shoulder-width to give your arms room.
  2. Grab the bar overhand so your arms are vertical to the floor - if your hamstrings are tight, do Squat 2 stands to boost your hip flexibility.
  3. Bend through your knees until your shins hit the bar which must remain above the middle of your feet. Shoulder-blades directly over the bar.
  4. Lift your chest but don't squeeze your shoulder-blades like on Squats. Just put your shoulders back & down, head inline with rest of your spine.
  5. Pull - keep the bar close to your body, roll it over your knees and thighs until your hips and knees are locked. Do not lean back at the top.
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