I just returned from a great workout with deadlifts forming the center of the routine. I really, really like deadlifts because:
You can’t cheat
Sure, you can use bad form (like any other exercise), but it’s nearly impossible to really cheat. With almost every other full body exercise – squats, benches, or pullups – it’s pretty easy to cheat by using a limited range of motion, particularly at high weights. The deadlift is binary: either you completed the lift by lifting the weight or you didn’t.
It is a full body workout
After doing hard deadlifts, I always come away with sore forearms, shoulders, back, abs, and quads. There is no other exercise that comes close to doing such a total workout.
Now that being said, I’m 43 and I know to be careful with this lift. I am very careful to watch my form, particularly to keep my back properly arched at the start of the lift. I also listen carefully to my body and back-off if I’m getting too much stress in my lower back. It’ is also important not to overtrain – I do max weight deadlifts at most once a week, and more usually once every two weeks (in addition to other workouts).
I don’t understand why more people don’t try deadlifts at any gym I’ve attended. I think many guys are afraid of back injuries.
I’ll have to admit that deadlifts are my favourite as well. It’s a raw strength exercise, so it just feels great when you get the weight up and just hold it there for a couple of seconds. One of the main reasons I didn’t deadlift in the past was that I had back problems on and off when I was younger; however, my back has been feeling great since I’ve started DLing.
Another reason why deadlifts kick ass is that not many people do them. In fact, I’ve only seen two people doing deadlifts at my new gym… one was an off-duty personal trainer doing 135 lb deads. Enough said. Most of the few people I’ve seen deadlifting have shit for form anyway, so I’m almost glad most people don’t deadlift.
Recently, I got my girlfriend to buy into deadlifting… that’s a huge step towards getting her to ditch all the machine exercises they push on her at Spa Lady.
I used to love deadlifting, it was the most effective hamstring work for me. After I started having so much trouble with my si joints I had to get away from them because they aggravate that injury so much! Now if I do them at all I use pathetic light weights because if my hammies get sore the back soon follows. Does anyone have any suggestions on how to possibly break that cycle? I’m female so perhaps my pelvic structure is an issue.Any ideas?
Deadlifts are great. Full body soreness the next day.
I really like doing chinups (with palms facing away). I haven’t done them for years (since high school, like 1973). I really feel these in my back like no other back exercise. I feel stupid for not doing them all along. I have a chin-up bar on my power rack. If you workout at home, ya gotta rig some thing up to do these. That’s the only problem.
Farmers walks are really good for me. I walk around the basement where I workout and I shrug the weight on and off while walking.
It’s gotta be weighted dips or pull-ups. Deads are okay, but a little rough on the back. Squats are fun, but a little tough on the old football knee. I do these exercises weekly anyway because they are both satisfying.
I have many favorites, but the Clean and Press has to be very near the top.[/quote]
I thought chins were your favotite?? Just kiding;-)
I love DL aswell, especially now since I have some nagging kneeproblems which stops me from squatting. Thank god deadlifts don’t aggrevate my knees. I’m on my way to a new PR! If I have to say it my self, not bad when you’re 47!