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Functional Exercise- Deadlift technique with Physical Therapy

The deadlift is a great exercises to help learn proper lifting mechanics for everyday life. Activating all major muscle group makes the deadlift one of the best exercises for general fitness as well as burning fat. There are many varieties of the deadlift exist and are great to supplement into an exercises program. Check on the video made by OrthoVirginia Lynchburg's Physical Therapist Jimmy McCloskey. The video provides tips on the proper form and benfits of integrating the deadlift into your exercise routine, as well as some of the common faults in from that can lead to injury.


Benefit of deadlifts:

Activates all major muscle groups

Improve functional strength

Improved posture

Improved grip strength

Increased fat burning


Common faults with the dead lift:

Rounded low back

Poor core activation

Poor hamstring flexibility

Rounded shoulders

Upper body too vertical

Hips raise early


Dead lifting Cues:

Stand with feet just wider than shoulder width apart bar above base of toes

Retract shoulder blades, tighten core, externally rotate feet into ground

Bend from waist and knees down to the bar

Bar should be touching shins at start

Begin lift by activating gluts extending the hips and knees

Drag the bar up your shins, knee shoulder be fully extended when bar is just below mid thigh

Finish the pull by continuing to contract glutes bringing your hips to the bar standing fully upright with shoulder back