What Muscle Groups Are Involved In The Deadlift?
Probably the most common if not most asked question would be:
“What muscle groups does the deadlift work out the most?”
“Do I perform deadlifts on leg or back day?”
The answer will be varied by some saying it works the legs specifically the quads.
Others say it works the back muscles with more emphasis on the trap muscles. On occasion, some answers with the mentioning of targeting the body as a whole.
Then you get those critics who say, deadlift should only be performed on back day or deadlifts are a leg specific exercise, etc.. So in either case, are both sides wrong or is it preferable to perform it on both days or even just on one?
One is not wrong nor is anyone right either. Deadlifts are subjective and can be performed in either routine. However; the majority of deadlifters use it on a leg day. Which still begs the question, “What muscle groups does the deadlift work?”
The Correct Answer Is…
Provided you are using proper form with the deadlift and getting it down flawlessly. The back will be erect with the lats and spinal erectors being involved in the movement to a certain degree. But…deadlifts pretty much involve more leg work than back work.
The legs are the primary muscle group involved in the movement as you must extend the hips & knees to lock out each rep. Even though the primary movers are the legs, the deadlifts can still be worked in on a back day.