RAISED FROM THE DEADLIFT

Men's Health (Singapore) - - NEWS -

JAMES CON CI- MITCHELL ISA FORMER ARMY OF­FI­CER, PHYSIQUE COMPETITORAND THE FOUNDER OF THE ELITE LON­DON FA­CIL­ITY SIX3NINE

The deadlift is the most crim­i­nally over­looked move at the gym, and yet the most im­por­tant for your long-term health. This is prob­a­bly be­cause it has the least ob­vi­ous aes­thetic im­pact of the big com­pound lifts – or so the unini­ti­ated be­lieve.

The beauty of the deadlift is as a bal­anc­ing ex­er­cise, but ne­glect­ing the mus­cles on the other side of the body is en­tirely coun­ter­pro­duc­tive.

Over-de­velop in one di­rec­tion and you’re go­ing to cre­ate weak­ness and in­jury in the other. You never hear of any­one con­fined to his bed be­cause of a bad pec. A bad back, how­ever, is one of the most com­mon causes of work ab­sen­teeism.

The deadlift is the best ex­er­cise to counter this, strength­en­ing your en­tire pos­te­rior chain, in­clud­ing your ham­strings, glutes, lower back, lats and pro­trac­tors. This in turn lifts your pos­ture, opens up your shoul­ders and thick­ens your back mus­cles, which has pre­cisely the ef­fect of mak­ing you look stronger, fuller and more up­right.

It’s no co­in­ci­dence that physique com­peti­tors all swear by this as the back­bone of their suc­cess.

And due to the size and num­ber of mus­cles re­cruited, the deadlift is likely to be the heav­i­est lift that you can man­age. By shift­ing that much tin, you’re caus­ing huge meta­bolic stress.

That’s ex­actly the kind of stress you need in your life, es­pe­cially if you’ve sat at a desk all day, as this can lead to un­der­ac­tive glutes and more se­ri­ous mus­cu­lar is­sues in the long run.

In short, dead­lift­ing mends many of the prob­lems caused by mod­ern life.

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