The Deadlift is a weightlifting exercise where you lift a loaded
barbell off the ground from a stabilized bent-over position. The deadlift works virtually every muscle, emphasising
the quadriceps, hamstrings, gluteus maximus, and most muscles in the back.
The checklist is adapted from Pauletto (1991).
- Place a barbell in front of you on the ground
- Place your feet flat on the floor with the bar touching your
- Grab the barbell with a little wider than shoulder-width
- Hands placed outside the legs
- Reverse grip, thumbs around the bar
- Arms straight, elbows slightly touching the legs
- Take a deep breath at the start of the movement
- Head up, chest up and out
- Looking straight ahead or slightly up
- Back straight, shoulders back
- Hips low, below the shoulders
- Thighs parallel to the floor
- Exhale as you complete the movement
- Bar lifted slowly
- Pulling is done by extending legs and hips - push feet
into the floor
- Arms remain straight
- Back remains straight
- Bar kept close to the body
- Even pull to the top
- Momentary stop at the top
- Hold your breath as you lower the bar
- Lower weight slowly by pushing the hips back
- The Bar is placed on the floor
Paul Vandyken, in his article "5 valuable types of powerful deadlift exercises", provides an overview of the different types of deadlift exercises you could add to your training program.
- PAULETTO, B. (1991) Strength Training for Coaches. USA; Human Kinetics.
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