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How to: Do a Deadlift


Deadlift - Good.

Name:  Deadlift

Also known as:  (if you know this by any other name, leave a comment below).

Main muscles used:  Bum, legs, back.

Other muscles used:  Forearms, lats.

Top tips:

  • The natural curve of your back should not change throughout the move.
  • Push your chest and bum out at the start and end of the move.
  • The key words to get you in the right position are “tits out & bum out
  • Keep the weight as close to your centreline as possible.
  • When lifting the weight, start straightening your knees first, and your hips second.
  • When lowering the weight, start bending your hips first, and your knees second.
  • Keep your arms locked straight all the time.

Deadlift - Bad.

Deadlift - Bad.

Common mistakes:

  • Bending and hunching your spine forwards.
  • Leaning back at the top of the move.
  • Not sticking your bum out enough at the bottom of the move.
  • Bending your knees too far forwards over your toes.
  • Holding the weight too far in front and away from your centreline.
  • Trying to pick up the weight with your arms, instead of using your legs and bum.


The Deadlift teaches us how to pick things up from the floor without hurting ourselves.  It is also a very good exercise for the back half of our bodies.  Because we can’t see the back half of our bodies, most of us don’t think about, and neglect them.

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