Squats, squats, squats. That is all we hear these days. While squats are a great way to work several muscle groups at the same time, they make many of us downright miserable. If you are sick and tired of doing squats and want to improve your fitness, strength and overall health, we've got what you're after! The deadlift is a move all fit women should be including in their repertoire. Like squats, deadlifts require the use of several muscle groups at one time. The more muscles you work, the more lean muscle you will build over time which means less fat and a trimmer look. Squats work your lower body but deadlifts kick this up a notch by bringing your arms and upper body into the action! But there's more! According to personal trainer, Nathane Jackson, CSCS, deadlifts are safer than squats! So now that we know they are safer and work more muscles, how do you do one properly? The basic steps are as follows:
- Stand holding dumbbells in each hand (or, as Jackson suggests, use a bar) with your knees slightly bent.
- Keeping your arms straight and knees bent, hinge forward from the hip. Lower the weight without rounding your back. Keep the weights close to your legs.
- Squeeze your glutes while you slowly pull yourself up. Again, don't round your back or arch your spine!