Why You Should Adore Dead Lifts (and How to Do Them Appropriately)
If the dead lift isn’t part of your regular routine, it should be. While the move’s name may conjure images of meaty bodybuilders, the exercise is an amazingly effective move for your lower body, especially your glutes, hamstrings, and quads. Not only that, it’s great for your core muscles, too. “The act of keeping the core tight while the load is trying to pull you forward is extremely beneficial,” says Tim Rich, a personal training manager at Crunch. Basically, the dead lift is a great exercise to get ready for bikini season.
Another reason to love dead lifts? It’s the ultimate functional fitness move. “The dead lift is a must-have skill to keep your independence,” Tim says. “Proper loading of the spinal column will keep you active and mobile in the later years. You will always have to pick things up for the rest of your life.” Regularly doing dead lifts also does wonders for your posture, so if you spend a lot of time at a desk, you should be doing this move.