From the beginning, man has had a need (and a strange desire) to pick stuff up and put it back down again. It shouldn’t be a surprise then that the deadlift is one of the Big 3 compound lifts that should make up any good training program.
Despite the growing popularity of Crossfit, strongman, and powerlifting in recent years — all of which feature the deadlift as a core element of programming and competition — the deadlift has a negative reputation. This is a shame, because the deadlift is perhaps the most “functional” of all the lifts. Humans have to lift things off the ground all the time, and a properly performed deadlift trains this movement pattern and strengthens the musculature of the back and hips in a safe manner.
The key is properly performed. Unfortunately people do injure their backs doing deadlifts, and inevitably it is because they deadlift with poor mechanics, poor programming, or both.
Coach D and Trent discuss the importance of good deadlift mechanics, walk through the foolproof 5-Step Deadlift Method, and discuss the little details to help you build a stronger back and a more functional body!
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