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#FitnessFacts: DEADLIFTS

November 28, 2013 2 min read

-There are 2 exercises that arguably burn the most calories & can give muscles the most size: squats & deadlifts. For this reason, many of the fitness benefits of the 2 exercises are similar. -The deadlift is a compound exercise that incorporates a large amount of muscles groups, primarily in the hamstrings, back, glutes, and arms. -Deadlifts are one of the best exercises to strengthen and correct body posture, especially in the spine. For this reason it’s a great cure for some types of lower back pain. -Core contractions that occur during deadlifts are more beneficial than the traditional crunch. -Deadlifts trigger the release of muscle-building & fat-burning hormones, such as HGH and testosterone, which can be beneficial to both men & women. -Deadlifts are one of the best exercises for women to help fight cellulite in the hamstrings & glutes. -Deadlifts also strengthen the pelvic floor muscles (these are the muscles that control ejaculation & orgasm for men, & are way more effective than Kegel exercises, ladies)! -The 3 most common deadlift mistakes are rounding the spine, extending the torso too far forward, & not pushing into the heels of the feet. -There are many versions of deadlifts, & each has different benefits.  Here are some examples:
  • Conventional deadlifts focus on the glutes, hamstrings, & lower back.
  • Single-leg deadlifts challenge stability, build balance between the 2 legs, & majorly work the glute muscles.
  • Romanian (aka stiff legged) deadlifts build flexibility in the hamstrings & lower back, as well as strengthen these muscles.
  • Sumo deadlifts focus on the inner thighs, glutes, & lower back.
Changing up your deadlift exercises can be a great way to increase the benefits & results!

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