Are you ready to build your muscles? Do you want to get ripped? Do you want a body that commands attention and respect, regardless of where you are? That is your goal, is it not?
Today I’m going to talk to you about one single exercise that will help you to achieve that powerful body quicker than you ever thought possible. All you need is a good old-fashioned barbell and a flat surface.
What you’re going to want to do is make sure that the bar you choose has as much weight as it possibly can. Once you have done this, pick it up and keep your back perfectly straight. This might sound simple, but it is the best upper body exercise you can do, and it is called the deadlift.
This is the best way to gain as much muscle mass as you possible can, in the shortest time you can. That is why they call it the deadlift.
The deadlift will work you from finger to neck to toe. It is a raw, basic power movement and will literally stress every single muscle in your entire body to some degree.
The areas that are being concentrated on for the most part are the upper and lower back, as well as the thighs. But guess what, the deadlift really does affect the entire body, and this is something that you are definitely going to notice once you start doing it on a regular basis.
There a few different variations of the deadlift, but in this article we’ll focus on the basic, standard bent-legged version. Let’s go over the proper technique…
Position your feet about shoulder-width apart and grip the bar with your hands just outside your legs. You can either hold the bar with an overhand grip or with one palm facing in and one palm facing out. Choose whatever grip is most comfortable for you.
Start the movement in a squatted position with the bar close to your shins. With your back flat, abs tight and head looking up, lift the weight off of the ground by driving upward with your legs.
When you’ve done it, it’s time to start lifting. Pull up on your weight until you’re standing up fully. After that, lower that weight just like it was picked up.
You will want to rest those weights on the ground as you get ready for another repetition. Take a deep breath and begin again. Keep going until you can go no more.
Maintaining proper form is of high importance when performing deadlifts. You should be able to handle a reasonable amount of weight here, and this increases your chance of injury.
Most importantly, make sure that your back is always straight. On top of that, make sure that the weight is as close to the body as it can be. Make sure that your abs are tight so that you do not put much stress on your lower back.
Do this over and over so that you get the whole thing down pat, and once you are familiar with it, then you can start going a little heavier. Lifting straps may be a good idea when you do your deadlifts because it will keep your grip from fading early on.
You should try to do this about once a week, however the amount of repetitions that you do is totally up to you. Deadlifts are effective, and regardless of how many repetitions you actually do they’re going to help you and give your body the workout it needs. You can do five to seven, though there are people who do up to twenty repetitions at a time.
Mess around with it, and see which system is best. Make sure that you do this respectfully, and be ready for a life changing experience.