No other exercise will allow you to lift more weight, or offer better strength and size gain opportunities, than the deadlift. Use our expert guide to master the king of the big moves
For some guys, being able to respond to the clichéd gym question “What do you bench?” makes them feel like they’re part of the club. But if you really want to be considered a seasoned lifter, you need a comeback to “What do you deadlift?”
Why is that a superior question? Because while the bench is the big test of upper-body strength, it’s the deadlift that poses the greatest whole-body challenge. It’s also proof that you don’t skip leg day - another sign that you’re a committed gym-goer.
“The deadlift will allow you to move more weight than any other barbell exercise, so it develops your overall strength and power,” says personal trainer Tom Wright (wrightfit.co.uk). “It’s a posterior chain builder, working the muscles on the rear of your body to pull the bar from floor to hip.” That’s crucial because it builds the muscles on your body that will keep you injuryfree and moving well - vital qualities if you want to attack any training plan. Turn the page for everything you need to know.