There are lots of different exercises that you can do if you want to build muscle, but one of the most popular exercises is of course the deadlift.
As the name suggests, this basically involves lifting a dead weight off the ground, generally a barbell, and putting it back down again.
It sounds remarkably easy but you will find that it becomes a real challenge once you start adding more and more weight to the barbell, and it’s then that you will start to see some phenomenal results.
There are actually several reasons why you should perform deadlifts in the gym (or at home if you have the space), but here are 5 of the main benefits:
1. Works Many Different Muscle Groups
Although it might not feel like it, the deadlift is said to work more muscle groups than any other exercise (including the squat), which means that you will see muscle gains and improvements in strength and definition in many different areas of your body with this one simple exercise.
2. Builds Strength
One thing you will notice if you deadlift regularly is that you will quickly find that you are able to lift heavier and heavier weights if you are using correct form throughout. Subsequently your overall strength will gradually increase as time goes by, which will help you make steady progress when performing other exercises.
3. Improves Core Stability And Posture
Another key benefit is that it will strengthen your core and your lower back, which in turn will help you maintain proper posture in your everyday life. One of the reasons why is because you are required to keep a straight back when lifting these heavy weights.
4. Promotes Weight Loss
The deadlift is not necessarily a cardio exercise as such, but as you will discover yourself, it can be an intense physical workout in itself because it is so demanding. Therefore you should find that it improves your base fitness level to some extent and helps burn lots of calories, which in turn helps to promote weight loss.
5. Strengthens Your Grip
The deadlift has many practical benefits that will help you in your daily life, such as improved strength and posture, for example, and the ability to lift heavier objects. However it’s worth noting that the deadlift will also strengthen your grip because you obviously need a firm grip in order to lift a heavy barbell off the ground.
So hopefully you can start to see why so many people practice the deadlift in the gym. As long as you perform this exercise carefully, taking the time to learn how to lift with correct form in order to avoid slipping a disc, you can really see dramatic results in so many different areas.