RAISED FROM THE DEADLIFT
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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