Deadlifting for Crossfit is essential and by the far the best exercise you can do bar none.
The fact you must know is that snatches & cleans are totally different in nature and should be taught differently than the deadlift. The good news however is, snatches & cleans will skyrocket your deadlift indirectly. Here are the top reasons how the deadlift can help improve your overall crossfit training.
1. Little Equipment Needed
Little equipment is indeed an understatement. All you need to pop out some deadlifts is a barbell and some well plates. Hell! You can grab a tree trunk, pole, boulders, even a human being and perform deadlifts with them and still benefit from it as well! Now that deserves the message, “No assembly required!”
2. Steel Core
Much like the Earth’s center, deadlifts builds core and stability better than any ab workout or stability training can ever match. The deadlift also strengthens the lower back to round out the core for better mobility & stability. You hear that BOSU balls!? Stick that in your pipe and smoke it!
3. Total Body Annihilation
Yes, you heard that right. Deadlift annihilates every muscle in your body. From your neck all the way to your calves. For crossfit training, this is perfect as you need to have strength in every of your body along with athlete conditioning.
4. Relatively Safe
In theory this is true, it is pretty safe considering squats and bench presses can put you in a vulnerable position. However, any exercise can be dangerous with bad form. But comparing the three lifts with each other and choosing the safest for crossfit, we would side with the deadlift. Ya, we are bias….
5. Real World Use
Analyzing the deadlift down to the detail, it is not hard to see its functionality. Think when you are bending down to pick up an object. Notice anything? The relationship between the deadlift and daily activities is parallel. Having a strong deadlift improves functional strength. For crossfit, all other exercises can benefit greatly from it as well.
6. Hulk Like Grip
If you are not convinced on using the deadlift in crossfit yet, then you will soon learn that a weak grip cuts your goal times drastically. Using the deadlift can build a strong grip. Just by holding the bar without the aid of straps thickens your forearms and allows you to hold onto the bar longer. If your goal is to complete the deadlift in the fastest time possible, skip the straps & grab the bar.
7. Test Of Strength
Most tried & true way of testing strength is none other than the deadlift. For one, you don’t have much leverage compared to the squat & bench press. Secondly, you can’t cheat on the deadlift either…but why would you?
8. Builds Endurance & Cardio Fitness
Deadlifts tax the cardiorespiratory system if you perform them intensively. If your out of breath after a high volume, high rep or high intense deadlift workout routine, you are doing good! Now you have an alternative to quitting cardio for good.