You gotta love picking heavy things up and putting them back down again. Weightlifting is fun: you see yourself improving as you up your poundage, and it’s pretty much the manliest thing you could be doing. When I first got into deadlifting, I thought they were pretty damn silly, actually. They just didn’t make sense to me. I wasn’t challenging myself with much weight, so I didn’t really feel my muscles working or developing. And it basically just looked like I was picking something up and putting it down again. That was it. Well, I was wrong.
Turns out, the deadlift is one of the best exercises out there (right next to the bodybuilder’s much-beloved squat). It works your whole body, making you strong and lean. That’s not all, though. Here are 8 reasons you should be deadlifting right now:
You get lean.
Deadlifts make you lean because they exercise the biggest muscles in the body, which means the biggest fat burn. Heavy lifting gets your heart beating (good cardio) while you build strength and muscle which means calorie burn long after your workout ends.
You’re working out your entire body.
The deadlift is the epitome of a compound lift. Compound lifts require work from numerous muscle groups, drawing a ton of energy out of your body. Here’s a list of spots you hit with just one deadlift:
- Lower back
- Upper back
- Deep hip muscles
Have you ever seen someone collapse from too much weight? Almost crush their chest under the bar? Seen them bang their head on the floor or worse, drop the weight on themselves? Accidents like this are all too common with squats and other exercises. With deadlifts, though, you just drop the weight in front of you if you fail. It also doesn’t require a spotter at all for this reason, so you’re safe to workout alone.
You improve your posture.
Because you’re working your lower back, glutes, and hips, you’re going to improve your posture. Having a nice posture looks good and projects confident. More importantly, it means less back problems down the road.
It could improve your sex game.
Ever noticed how much hip thrusting goes into a deadlift? ‘Nuff said.
It feels fucking good.
Lifting weight in general is really rewarding. There’s something about fighting gravity and standing strong through the lifting cycle of deadlifts that just makes you look confident. You start to feel confident, too. Reaching goals, getting your happy chemicals pumping, and looking like a bad ass all contribute to your happiness on days that you deadlift.
It increases good hormones.
Doing deadlifts with significant weight increases the amount of testosterone and growth hormone produced by your body. Testosterone promotes muscle growth and muscle repair. Growth hormone promotes tissue healing, bone strength, muscle growth, and fat loss.
You look hot.
Girls love guys who can lift. It’s a totally primal turn-on.