The Benefits of Deadlifts

by Kilo on February 28, 2011

schwarzenegger deadliftI’ve been deadlifting consistently for about three years now. Consistently and frequently. I just can’t get enough of it, and happily, my numbers keep going up in the conventional and sumo styles, and all of the variations that I work.

When I start working with a new client, particularly females, I ask if they have ever done the barbell deadlift. Most have not. If they are open to trying it, new worlds open up to them in terms of their physical potential. The benefits of deadlifts can probably be overstated–to my dismay they have not caused my hair to stop thinning–but there are so many benefits that it doesn’t really feel possible where I’m sitting.

Benefits I have personally seen, in myself and clients:

  • More muscle
  • Dense muscle
  • Broader backs
  • Better butts
  • Bigger traps
  • Increased awesomeness
  • The satisfaction of seeing that you’re doing what so few are
  • Stronger back
  • Stronger legs
  • Stronger hands, particularly if you pull overhand or on a thick bar
  • Less fat (also, a bigger appetite, so nutrition gets more important to me when I’m deadlifting heavy, which is nearly always)

There are more deadlift benefits, but I’ll stop there. If you deadlift heavy, you know every single one of these is true.

I don’t do Crossfit workouts, but I do teach classes at a Crossfit gym. But this last week I couldn’t resist and I jumped into the WOD (workout of the day) because it was all deadlifting. Men started at 135 and added 20 pounds to the bar every minute, for a single. You went until you couldn’t get one.

I moved 465 about a mm and knew it wasn’t going anywhere, so I stopped.

It was a rare sight: 20 people in a gym, all deadlifting, all reaping the benefits of something I’ve come to love dearly.



{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

Logan February 28, 2011 at 1:19 pm

Increased awesomeness for sure. In fact, there are few things that will increase your awesomeness as quickly as heavy deadlifting.


Patrick Tracy February 28, 2011 at 1:32 pm

Deadlifts…is there anything they can’t do?


Kilo February 28, 2011 at 4:57 pm

See hairlines.


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