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This article on ‘Why Deadlifts Are Important’ was inspired through my own observations within the gym
A lot of gym goers and potential muscle builders shirk from the deadlift, along with several other compound lifts, and for no good reason apart from it looks like hard work.
And the truth is – the deadlift is hard work.
However, the benefits of deadlifting far exceed the benefits of many of the other exercises you see lots of individuals slogging away at.
So…Why Deadlifts Are Important:
Here is a point form list (I shall examine each point in more detail as we go through the article) –
- The deadlift is a compound movement
- Dead-lifting incorporates the use of virtually all the major muscles along with many auxiliary muscle groups.
- The deadlift will increase your grip strength like no other exercise
- Heavy deadlifts build more overall Strength and Muscle Mass – lots more!
- The deadlift really brings in the entire Posterior Chain (the muscular/skeletal systems to the rear of the body)
- Deadlifts directly incorporate ‘Functional Movement’ – like the proper way we should lift a heavy box from the floor, for example.
- The deadlift teaches ‘Mind/Muscle connection’ – if you are not fully focused and fully braced there is no way you will budge a heavy deadlift.
- The deadlift is a super efficient exercise for building bone density – creating a stronger skeletal system helps prevent injuries and assists in recovery or maintenance from other bone wasting ailments.
- Increased Fat Burning.
- Relatively easy to learn and Safe.
- Increases Growth Hormone Release and Testosterone.
- Increases cardiovascular capacity.
There we go – 12 Super good reasons why deadlifts are important.
The list could go on somewhat, however, I am sure you can easily see now not only why deadlifts are important and should be included in your workout schedule –
The Deadlift should be a major focus of your training.
Let’s now look at each of the points in more detail:
The Deadlift Is A Compound Movement
A compound movement is basically a lift which incorporates more than one muscle group which means more overall benefit. In contrast an isolation exercise, like bicep curls, only focuses on one muscle – the bicep.
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Deadlifts Work Virtually All Major and Many Auxiliary Muscles
The deadlift incorporates the following muscles:
- Upper back – Latissimus Dorsi and Rhomboids
- Spinal erectors (lower back)
- Deep muscles inside the hip
- Many other smaller muscles
- Basically, through the overall tension created by the deadlift, the entire body is involved.
3. The Deadlift Increases Grip Strength
Virtually no other exercise will improve your grip strength like the deadlift. Considering your fingers are all that is connecting you to the bar, as the weight lifted increases so does your grip strength.
Along with massively improved grip, the forearm muscles become much bigger and stronger due to the incredible tension placed upon them.
Even when you get to the point of lifting very heavy weight where your grip would otherwise give out, using lifting straps is not a cop out as some may claim – your grip strength will continue to improve whilst employing the aid of lifting straps and the other overall benefits of lifting heavier loads will be yours – slabs of Hard, Lean Muscle and Accelerated Fat Burning.
4. Deadlifting Creates More Overall Strength And Muscle Mass
I am sure you can see by now how this works –
- Compound Lift = More Muscles Worked
- More Muscles Worked = More Overall Muscle Growth
- More Overall Muscle Growth = Increased Fat Reduction
- Compound Lift = Increased Neurotransmitter Recruitment (NTR)
- Increased NTR = More Strength
Awesome stuff hey?
Deadlifts Work The Posterior Chain
Posterior means toward the back of the body.
The posterior chain, therefore, refers to a group of muscles going down the back of the body.
Most notably affected by the deadlift are:
- Gluteus Maximus (your butt)
- Erector Spinae (lower back)
Also the Latissimus Dorsi and Calf muscles along with great tension provided for the Triceps.
Working the Posterior Chain will bring much needed balance to your body especially in consideration to the fact that many individuals pay much more attention on working their ‘Mirror Muscles’ – those at the front that can be seen in the mirror.
The Deadlift Is A Functional Movement
Functional movement relates to the manner in which a given exercise mimics that of everyday activities.
The correct way to pick up a heavy box or other object from floor level, for example, is very similar to the correct form used in the deadlift – therefore, the benefits directly cross from the gym to daily living.
Whereas, a non-functional movement in this respect, may be the Dumbbell Lateral Raise – how many of us walk around doing a ‘chicken wing’ type movement throughout the day?
I am not implying ‘non-functional’ exercises are no good (I use a bunch of them) just pointing out the relative difference.
The Deadlift Helps Develop Mind/Muscle Connection
Mind/Muscle connection is most usually identified as the process of concentrating ones mind upon the muscle about to be employed to the point of full activation through the range of motion.
This is believed to recruit much more of the direct muscle fibres of the particular muscle and lessen the activation of auxiliary muscles.
Example: When performing the Bench Press, before lowering the bar to your chest put all concentration specifically on the pectoral muscles and keep maintaining that full focus as you lower then press the weight. You will definitely experience fuller tension and recruitment where the intent is directed.
In the case of the deadlift – Mind/Muscle connection takes on a whole new dimension. Here you must take the time to mentally prepare and hold in thought each of the relevant muscles, applying constant tension from start to finish.
Trust me on this: A Strong Mind = A Strong Lift.
The Deadlift Increases Bone Density
Bone density refers to the amount of bone mineral in bone tissue.
A decrease in bone density may indicate a tendency or existence of osteoporosis as well as increased risk of bone fractures, especially of the legs and pelvis due to falls.
Therefore, increasing bone density naturally decreases these risks.
Strength training is proven to be very efficient for increasing bone density.
So, when considering why deadlifts are important, along with the pre-stated overall benefits of deadlifting, the increase in bone density may certainly be top of your list.
Deadlifts Increase Fat Burning
It is scientifically proven that lifting weights and other forms of resistance training will increase your metabolism and burn more fat than either dieting or cardio exercise alone or combined.
Compound lifts, such as the Deadlift, recruit more muscles and more neuromuscular activation, thereby giving greater reward for effort given.
In addition, as more lean muscle mass is developed the body will burn fat at an increased rate.
The Deadlift Is Easy To Learn And Safe
Unlike some of the other Olympic Lifts or Power Lifts, the Deadlift can be learned without too much trial and error – it is most advisable though too be shown the correct form by someone suitably qualified.
Likewise, of all the compound lifts, the deadlift would come in as one of the safest – when performed correctly.
Especially considering that if you are training alone, there is minimal chance of serious injury – If you get in trouble you just drop it.
Deadlifting Increases Hormone Release
We are talking here of the dual Holy Grail of muscle and strength building – Growth Hormone and Testosterone.
The Deadlift is like a golden key to unlocking the floodgate to both of these.
Growth Hormone: also known as Human Growth Hormone or HGH, is produced by the Pituitary Gland located at the base of the brain and is responsible for bone strength, tissue repair, muscle growth and fat loss.
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The two major factors shown to increase Growth Hormone release naturally are exercise – especially weight training or resistance exercise – and proper sleep.
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Testosterone: primarily a male sex hormone – though women also produce testosterone in a lesser amount – is responsible for the development of male characteristics.
Testosterone has been described by The National Institute of Health as ‘The most important hormone in men’.
Although females produce considerably less testosterone than males, the hormone plays an important role in women for maintaining bone strength and lean muscle mass along with a feeling of overall well being and libido.
Testosterone is an Androgen Hormone also referred to as an Anabolic Steroid.
Among many other functions, testosterone increases lean muscle growth and improves the process of muscle repair.
Deadlifts Increase Cardiovascular Capacity
This will become quite evident for you. Try doing 8 – 10 repetitions of heavy deadlifts and see if your heart isn’t thumping and your rate of breathing increased.
So, along with the many reasons why deadlifts are important, increasing your heart health and cardiovascular fitness level would certainly rank as a pretty good reason to be doing these bad boys huh?
Well, now you know ‘Why Deadlifts Are Important’.
The 12 benefits of deadlifting I have listed here are certainly not exhaustive. There are considerably more such as:
- Increase in Athletic ability
- Increased running speed
- Increased jumping height
- More stamina and bracing strength
- Better posture
- Increased libido
- Increased sexual performance – building strength in the legs, hips, glutes and lower back is going to increase your stamina and ‘thrusting’ capacity like nothing else
- Great for mental health – do a few sets of deadlifts and you will leave the gym on a high, guaranteed. The endorphin release alone would ensure that – couple it with the feelings you get from the ‘rush’ of moving heavy ass weight and ka-boom!
Whoa! I could write another whole article with that lot.
So…armed with this knowledge, do yourself a BIG favor and get to the gym (or your home weight set) load up a barbell and start Deadlifting.
It will not take long for you to experience for yourself why deadlifts are important.
Go Get ‘Em.
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