Add these deadlift-friendly moves to your plan to ensure you’re strong in every part of the lift
WHY This exercise focuses on the hip hinge movement, which is at the heart of the deadlift. It’s also a good warm-up move to get your neural system primed and ready to lift heavy. HOW Swing a kettlebell back between your legs with only a slight bend in your knees. Bring your hips through powerfully and raise the kettlebell to shoulder height.
WHY Do this to focus on your hamstring strength in a relatively safe way. Your hamstrings are the key muscle group in the deadlift.
HOW Stand up straight, holding a barbell with hands shoulder-width apart. Hinge at the hips to send the bar down your thighs until you feel a strong stretch in your hams, then straighten up.
SNATCH GRIP DEADLIFT
WHY This variation of the lift will force you to reduce the weight but because the wide grip makes it more difficult, your back muscles have to work extra hard to control the weight. HOW Take a double shoulder-width grip and perform a normal deadlift. Make sure the bar stays close to your body throughout the lift.