The Most Amazing Exercise
It’s probably the most amazing exercise since the invention of exercise itself. And now that I think of it, it’s probably the first exercise to ever be done. What’s more simple than picking a weight up off of the ground? Even though it sounds so simple it really is a challenging movement to do but, once you master it or become just efficient enough to perform the movement correctly you will reap a wide variety of benefits from it.
1. It strengthens your posterior chain (PC). Which consists of your hamstrings, glutes, and your low back. This is imported because we tend to target the front of our bodies more than the back. Which can lead to muscular imbalances and an increased risk of injury. Also if you tend to have low back pain it may be because your back is weak, if you have been stretching and still no relief then try deadlifting.
2. It strengthens the whole body. I know I just said that it strengthens the posterior chain but it also activates every muscle in the body but more so the PC. To a lesser degree the whole body is used in the movement. From your core to the chest, it’s all being used. This is good because it is a major reason why the deadlift is one of the best exercises. It sends a growth signal to the whole body and can help increase muscle mass everywhere.
3. It can improve body composition. Coming off of the last point where I discussed that deadlifting can grow more muscle easier which will ultimately lead to an increased caloric expenditure, especially at rest. The more muscle you have the more calories you need to use to maintain, build, and repair the muscle. This will lead to greater fat loss and a better body composition. An additional benefit, generally, the more muscle you have the more insulin sensitive you are which is good especially in today’s world since carbs are everywhere.
Those are only 3 of the many many benefits there are to deadlifting. Not only is it fun to pick up heavy weight but it’s also good for your body. If you need help with deadlifting, since it can be an intimidating exercise, or if you need some pointers or anything don’t be afraid to come up to me. I may be quiet but, any chance I get to teach or talk about exercise or fitness I’m all in. I’m usually at Battle Fitness M-F in the evening or late Saturday morning.