Let me just start out by saying the Deadlift is one of the most beneficial exercises you can do. It basically works the entire body (to at least some degree) and is very effective at building huge traps, lats, upper back muscles, hamstrings, spinal erectors, glutes, and forearms.
It’s also known as one of the “big three” compound lifts (squat, bench, deadlift) and it also usually lets you use the most weight out of the three, although some people can squat more than they can deadlift. Let’s also be honest, pulling a ton of weight off the floor and being insanely STRONG is just freaking awesome. Now, that may be plenty enough reasons to deadlift, but let’s analyze and go over exactly WHY you should be deadlifting regularly.
#1 Compound Movements Build The Most Muscle
It’s a well-known fact that compound exercises give you the most bang for your buck. Why? MANY REASONS. For one, it’s much easier to apply progressive overload, which is the number one driver of muscle growth (That is, getting stronger). Another reason has to do with these exercises using the most muscle groups, and well, your entire body is worked while deadlifting. Also, compound movements such as deadlifts release more growth hormone and testosterone (this isn’t as important as most people believe, but every little bit helps). Did I mention Deadlifts are a compound exercise?
#2 Helps With Power, Strength, and Becoming a Better Athlete
Deadlifts also build incredible power and strength, and they transfer over to becoming a better athlete. No matter your sport, I can guarantee that deadlifting will help you become better at it. The explosiveness that you develop while deadlifting is amazing, and transfers over to more aggression and power in your sport (We’ll talk more about this in a bit).
#3 Run Faster and Jump Higher
Deadlifts are also great for building force transfer with the lower body, and especially help with increasing power and speed in the lower body. The more muscle one has in their lower body the easier it is to run faster and jump higher. The explosiveness that is built from deadlifting transfers over to being able to run faster and jump higher, making it valuable to those who have to use those movements regularly, like runners or basketball players.
#4 Fat Burning
Let’s admit it, most people work out and train to look as awesome as possible. There’s no shame in that, not one bit, but let’s get to the point. Deadlifts will help you burn more fat and overall make you look better (Also keep in mind if you want to “burn fat” you need to be in a calorie deficit). Deadlifts are one of the few exercises that burn the most calories and give you the most bang for your buck, and elicit the biggest post-workout calorie burn. If you’re looking to get lean, deadlifting can help you.
#5 Better Grip
Deadlifts build absolutely incredible grip strength, especially when you get incredibly strong at it. It’s also good to note that better grip generally makes you a better athlete in a majority of sports. So get to it, make those paws stronger.
#6 Deadlifting Teaches Aggression
Deadlifting requires that you approach the bar with aggression and confidence, especially if you want to pull big. If you walk up to the bar with the wrong mindset, the bar isn’t going to move very far (or fast, for that matter). The type of aggression needed also has a nice carry over to sports thankfully.
#7 Strong Back (And Better Abs)
If you want a strong, wide, and thick back then deadlifting is for you. Deadlifts are absolutely amazing at working the posterior chain, and gets you that nice v-taper and a back that creates “Valleys” when flexed. Just a side note: deadlifts also build an amazing core. Sure, squatting and deadlifting aren’t “enough” to building a well developed core (weighted ab exercises are the best for this, such as cable crunches), but they most certainly work your abs and obliques pretty darn good.
Take Home Message
So there you have it. If these aren’t enough reasons to want to start deadlifting, then you my friend need to talk with a strength coach. In the end, just deadlift. You won’t regret it.