12 Reasons the Deadlift is the QUEEN of all exercises

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12 Reasons the Deadlift is the QUEEN of all exercises

At ChicksLift HQ, we’re pretty set on our belief that the deadlift may very well be the best exercise of all time. After reading these 12 reasons why, you’ll be hard pressed debating it!

  1. Back pain can stem from weak glutes or poor muscle recruitment. Proper deadlifts build stronger glutes and promote muscle fiber recruitment.
  2. No matter how many times you’ve performed a deadlift movement, there is always room for improvement, whether it be form or load.
  3. The endorphin release from one rep of deadlifts is equivalent to a runner’s high, meaning you can get the same fix with 1/100 the amount of time investment, and you can wear way cooler clothes too.
  4. As the deadlift improves performance, hypertrophy, power and posture; every woman can improve in every dimension of their training by deadlifting, regardless of their specific goal.
  5. “My back is weak/sore” is a reason to perform well executed deadlifts, not a reason to avoid them.
  6. No crunch or sit-up could train the abs to work as hard, as learning how to breathe and brace for a max pull. Plus you’re not relegated to the abs area and get to hang out in the cool section of the gym.
  7. Your back and booty gets shredded!
  8. Every pushing movement requires hip flexion, whether you believe it or not. Hence, deadlifting can increase your bench press.
  9. Power and strength are the two defining characteristics that have an impact on everyday functionality, especially as we age. Losing power and strength limits your ability to do perform everyday tasks, from playing with your children to getting in and out of a car, climbing stairs, and even breathing. Loaded deadlifts, when done properly, can help retain and gain strength and power through the entire body, which improves functional outcome measures in old age, promoting independence.
  10. Heavy deadlifts are not “bad” for your lower back – when performed correctly! Incorrect technique – heavy or light – is what negatively affects your lower back. Deadlifts build the strength and stability of lumbar spinal muscles.
  11. Lifting heavy weights through a stable and static base of support lets the core muscles work a lot harder and become more stable than any unstable surface could ever hope for.
  12. By having extra muscle mass and by having it cranked up to high neural activity means you have a greater chance of burning fat and getting lean if you lift heavy through an increased metabolism.

So, how’s your deadlift form? Learn more about fixing your deadlift, or try one for the first time, at an empowering ladies-only ChicksLift session. Register your interest HERE