The main reason people shy away from weight training isn’t due to pain, or time it’s because 50% of people have no idea what they are doing!!! Unless you were taught how to lift weights, chances are you’re one of these people. In this fitness tip, I will show you how to do a correct deadlift so you can have confidence inside the gym and at home!
Things to keep in mind when doing a correct deadlift:
- Don’t arch your back (or roll it in the other direction). Keep your abs tight the ENTIRE TIME, and keep your back straight.
- As you stand up, don’t think about pulling with your back, thrust in with your hips
- Keep your head in a neutral position in line with the spine and chest out as you lift – this will help you keep your back aligned properly.
- As you bring the weight up, you want your legs to straighten out simultaneously as your hips come in completely – form a straight line at the same time with your hips, knees and feet.
I recommend doing this exercise 3 sets 12 – 15 repetitions with pretty heavy weight since it’s a leg exercise. If you are looking to gain size then you will need to use heavy weight and do less repetitions. 8-10 is standard for muscle gain.
Trainer Tip: Make sure you practice the movement with light weight first. Then you can move on to heavier weight once your form is correct.
Keep in mind that there are several versions of a deadlift. There’s a straight leg deadlift and also a bent leg deadlift. You will see both in the gym so don’t run over and tell someone they are doing it all wrong because you saw it on fit tip daily 😉 Do this exercise either with dumbbells, a barbell, or a medicine bell. Once you master the form then you can add more to this simple exercise. We will be doing crazy “add ons” in our online fitness program known as “body burn” which launches April 1st. If you’d like to be on our VIP mailing list and get 14 days FREE, then contact me and write YES TO VIP.
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