//Dead Lift

Dead Lift

is a full-body exercise that works all the major muscles in the body, and especially the ones in the legs and back. It is a very difficult exercise to do, but is an excellent strength-developer when it is performed well.

STEP 1. Stand with your feet hip-distance apart and bend down in sitting motion until your thighs are parallel to the floor. Keep your back straight and make sure that your spine is as close to the neutral position as possible. Take an overhand grip on the bar with your hands slightly wider than a shoulder-width apart.

STEP 2. Exhale, draw your abdominal muscles in, and lift the bar by pushing up through your legs.

STEP 3. As the bar reaches your knees during the lift phase, push your hips forward to raise your torso so that you are standing tall with your arms by your sides and the bar resting on your thighs.

STEP 4. Hold the position for two seconds, inhale and return the weight to the floor.

Target: Back    Muscles Worked: Glutes, Quadriceps, Soleus
Difficulty: Beginner