Introduction.

The Deadlift is a lower body exercise that primarily targets the hamstrings but also works the calves, glutes and lower back. This is a compound exercise which is well suited to intermediate lifters.

Alternatives.

Technique.

  • Bend down and grab the bar with a double overhand grip (palms facing down) or an alternating grip. Have your knees bent and feet about hip width apart.
  • Keeping the bar close to your legs, back flat, shoulders back, head in line with your spine and with your core engaged throughout, stand up to lift the bar by driving your hips forwards and pushing through your heels.
  • Avoid over-arching at the top of the movement. Lower the bar back to the starting position and repeat for the required number of reps.

Leg Muscle Diagram.

Leg Muscles