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This probably isn’t the top questions since there is so much confusion around the deadlift, but this is by far the most asked questions.
No doubt, these questions you will find are obvious, seen them before and possibly cannot get away from them.
We just had to throw it out there…
What Is The Deadlift?
Honestly, I have no clue. It is someone who lifts the dead to put it point blank.
All cracker jacks aside, the deadlift is simply God.
No matter what, deadlift is necessary, important & is the best exercise you can do.
What Is Better? Convetional, Romanian Or Stiff Legged?
Three of these deadlifts all seem similar at first, but have totally different purposes.
Romanian deadlift focuses on your hamhocks for strong posterior strength.
Stiff-legged deadlift also focuses on your hammies but involve your glutes, calves & every other posterior muscle group.
Conventional is the grand daddy with targeting every joint, muscle, ligaments & fibers in your body.
If you have to ask, it depends on your goals.
Majority would go with the conventional version.
Do You Need To Use Straps Or A Belt?
This is more a matter of preference.
Straps help with holding onto the bar longer and using more weight.
They can also be a downfall with weakening the grip and becoming a security blanket.
Same can be said with the belt.
Works as intended, but can also weaken your core if you rely on them too much.
Can Deadlifts Destroy My Back?
For sure! Any exercise can destroy your lower back if your form is bad as a foreign film.
More often than not, deadlifts get the bad rap of destroying one’s back (that rhymes!)
Only reason it has that is because the deadlift is not easy to learn, tough to master & the most wrongly performed exercise out there.
To answer the question, yes, it can destroy your back the same way Lance Armstrong destroyed his career.
Best Grip To Take?
Another question that is asked a ton.
Mixed grip, matched grip, over-under grip, no grip & hook grip.
Best advice here is to experiment like a mad man in a lab coat.
You may find mixed grip helps you lift more.
Maybe you like using no grip and lifting the weight with the power of your mind.
Who knows, only experimenting will give you the results your looking for.
What Muscles Are Deadlifts Meant To Target?
The deadlift works all the muscles.
However, it’s not quite the same as the running-jumping-hitting-the-defender athleticism of the clean, because it’s more about being straightforwardly strong.
It could be more accurate to say, “You know when you pick up the other guy, throw him to the ground, and pin him there? That muscle.”
The deadlift is about picking things up, or refusing to be budged.
The target muscles of the deadlift are all of them.
The secondary muscles of the deadlift are all the rest.
We can do a ton on this, but these questions happen to make up the bulk of the confusion around the deadlift.