Deadlift

Free Weights / Intermediate

6 ratings

Equipment Needed

  • Barbell

My Performance

Sitewide Performance

  • All
  • Male
  • Female
  • 160 lb
    average weight
  • 420 lb
    best weight
  • 213
    times logged
  • #10
    popularity rank

Average Sitewide Deadlift Weight

  • 180 lb
    average weight
  • 370 lb
    best weight
  • 116
    times logged
  • #9
    popularity rank

Average Male Deadlift Weight

  • 100 lb
    average weight
  • 230 lb
    best weight
  • 26
    times logged
  • #25
    popularity rank

Average Female Deadlift Weight

How to do the Deadlift:

Muscles Worked

Details

The deadlift is a free weights exercise that primarily targets the hamstrings and to a lesser degree also targets the traps, forearms, quads, calves, middle back, glutes, hip flexors and lower back ...more

The deadlift is a free weights exercise that primarily targets the hamstrings and to a lesser degree also targets the traps, forearms, quads, calves, middle back, glutes, hip flexors and lower back.

The only deadlift equipment that you really need is the following: barbell. There are however many different deadlift variations that you can try out that may require different types of deadlift equipment or may even require no equipment at all.

Learning proper deadlift form is easy with the step by step deadlift instructions, deadlift tips, and the instructional deadlift technique video on this page. The deadlift is a exercise for those with a intermediate level of physical fitness and exercise experience. Watch the deadlift video, learn how to do the deadlift, and then be sure and browse through the deadlift workouts on our workout plans page!

Tips

  1. If it's hard to keep your grip on the bar, use wrist straps. You can also alternate your grip.
  2. This exercise is not recommended for people who have back issues. For them, a rowing exercise is a better choice.
  3. Take care not to round the back while performing this exercise to avoid injury. Using a weight that is too heavy will also cause injury, and it's better to use a lighter one if in doubt.
  4. Keep the bar close to your legs throughout the exercise from start to finish.

Variations

  1. Dumbbells can be substituted for a barbell.
  2. Perform exercise with a mixed-grip.
  3. Perform exercise while on a small platform (deficit deadlift).

Types

  • Force Type: Pull
  • Mechanics Type: Compound

6 Review

  • JoelJonathan
    almost 7 years ago
    #

    I used to really struggle with deadlifts but after watching my form very carefully and not jumping up in weight too fast I now love doing deadlifts.

    • Phil_Rich
      over 5 years ago
      #

      One of the best way to learn deadlift, is doing dynamic training, West side Barbell style, wich mean using 40 to 60 % of your 1RM (light weights) and do a lot of 1 rep. Because it's fast (as fast as possible), you register the movement in your mind and after when you go heavy, you're stronger cause you're more connected mind to muscle (nurves strenght) and you know how the proper form should look like.

  • tw
    almost 7 years ago
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  • janaka
    about 6 years ago
    #

    The most functional exercise.. and the exercise that one can handle most weight.. we dead lift many things from morning to night.

  • NAC
    about 4 years ago
    #

    Dead lifts have a lot of benefits It's a compound lift so your working a couples muscle groups all in one move which is a good thing. It's great for working your hamstrings glutes and lower back. On a down side though, a lot of beginners hurt their back's doing this exercise. If your new to this lift I would recommend watching some form videos and have a mirror and a trainer to help you with form the first couple times you do it. Don't use a lot of weight on your first couple tries. Make sure you have mastered the form before loading up the bar with weight.

  • NeilM
    over 3 years ago
    #

    The King of all lifts!

Equipment Needed

  • Barbell

Tips

  1. If it's hard to keep your grip on the bar, use wrist straps. You can also alternate your grip.
  2. This exercise is not recommended for people who have back issues. For them, a rowing exercise is a better choice.
  3. Take care not to round the back while performing this exercise to avoid injury. Using a weight that is too heavy will also cause injury, and it's better to use a lighter one if in doubt.
  4. Keep the bar close to your legs throughout the exercise from start to finish.

Variations

  1. Dumbbells can be substituted for a barbell.
  2. Perform exercise with a mixed-grip.
  3. Perform exercise while on a small platform (deficit deadlift).

Types

  • Force Type: Pull
  • Mechanics Type: Compound