Personal Trainer Tips: Barbell Deadlift

Learn how to perform a barbell deadlift (Photos by: Timothy Flynn - Dearhunter Photography)

The Barbell Deadlift is a popular exercise that targets your glutes, hamstrings, lower back, quadriceps and forearms. The move works the whole body, but is ideal for increasing lower body strength and increasing muscle size.

Here’s a quick guide on how to properly perform a barbell deadlift.

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 Barbell Deadlift Instructions:

Personal Trainer Tips: Barbell Deadlift

Step One: Start with your feet hip width apart, core engaged with your shoulders back and down keeping a neutral spine. Grasp the barbell with an overhand grip with your hands just outside of your thighs.

Step Two: Begin by bringing the barbell down pushing your hips back while maintaining a neutral spine until it is below the knee.


Personal Trainer Tips: Barbell Deadlift

Step Three: Proceed pushing your hips forward bringing the barbell up until you are back into the starting position.

Step Four: Repeat 12 – 15 times with a weight that is challenging for the last few reps while maintaining good form.

* Barbell Deadlift Trainer Tips

• Keep your elbows straight throughout the range of motion.
• Do not round the back as it may cause injury.
• Keep the barbell no more than 1 inch away from your body.
• Do not shrug your shoulders.


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