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Deadlift: Best, Most Effective Lift Ever?


#1

I think so. No lift recruits as many muscles, annihalates my CNS, or gives me more elation after breaking a previous PR.

Whos with me?


#2

I dunno, I think Olympic lifts would recruit more muscles (and motor units), or at least as many.


#3

At 6'5" DL's kick my big arse. My overall strength has increased by major amounts since adding them to my routine. My 2 rep max is at 425, I do my 5 X 5 routine at 325 with the last set to failure. My grip gives out first. I'm training for 505 by Christmas. I agree 100% that they are the best overall exercise you can do !! Squats run a close second in my world.


#4

after i did more deadlifting, my glutes, hamstrings, back and forearms just exploded like never before..
very happy about this


#5

This doesn't even make sense.

"Best" lift?


#6

I think they're pretty great, but i personally put clean& press above them. Deads would be second, tied with squats ( could never decide between them).


#7

Depends what you mean by effective -as in effective to what end?

The point is, while some variation of the deadlift could surely fit into most (if not all) training programs, i don't consider it (or any) exercise THE best, most effective.

I agree though - when it comes to pulling new numbers, there aren't many exercises that beat the DL for the buzz!


#8

For me its C&J then Snatch finally Deadlift.


#9

I thought we were talking about lifting weight.....snatch is definitely my favorite


#10

Squat is king (bc of the greater ROM). Deadlift comes in #2 (or a tie) for me followed by the clean.

Just my opionion.


#11

Fortunately for us we train like bodybuilders and don't limit ourselves to one lift. Therefore, no one lift is "best."


#12

Most effective at what?

Building Biceps?


#13

I consider my self a hybrid, powerbuilder, my best gains to date in strength and muscle mass are because of it. way better then my newbie gains. when I trained exclusively like a bodybuilder. Ronnie"The Big Nasty"Coleman in many aspects, could be considered a powerbuilder. strong like a powerlifter but competes as a bodybuilder.


#14

I agree, besides
-squat is 2 movements: down and then up, while deadlift is really only one movement.
-you can lose your head or get flattened if you miss a squat without spotters, no such danger with deads.


#15

If you are a "powerbuilder" then I'm a Bodylifter...wait what

Anyway I'd say for pure strength then yes, deadlift. For size I'd still say squat is king...and milk is queen...


#16

Id agree, but only if were talkin the snatch grip deadlift on the platform. done it repetative fashion not in singles fashion. other than that id say Squat and C&J.


#17

An enjoyable lift, yes.. I wouldn't call any one lift best or most effective though - that's all relative to the goal at hand - and no matter what the goal, a lot more exercises would be necessary.

However, if the goal were to break your deadlift PR, I'd go out on a limb and say the deadlift is indeed the best and most effective exercise.

:slightly_smiling:


#18

I can't say I've found much use for deadlifts over the years. Not my cup of tea.


#19

First reaction to this post: who the fuck is that newb/slacker?
reads screen name
shuts the fuck up
...


#20

hahaha it's all good man. I don't back squat or deadlift, some would consider me weird :wink: