What Is Proper Deadlift Form and Why Does It Matter?

Deadlifts! One of the MOST requested moves from you for me to break down, and guys, I’m so happy you asked.

Because here’s the deal: Most people don’t even pay attention to deadlifts. Why? Because they associate that lift with bodybuilders or crossfitters, but the reality is that the deadlift is the single most functional movement you can do. And you do it pretty much every day of your life whether you realize it or not.

But here’s the real clincher: Most of the time we do it WRONG, which is why we get these annoying aches and pains in our back when we go to lift our kiddos or go to move a box. And let me tell you, guys, I recently moved, and I lifted a TON of boxes. Without back pain, I must add, thanks to knowing and understanding the importance of proper deadlift form!

So watch this quick video, or if you’re short on time, keep scrolling and I’ll teach you how to properly deadlift from here on out. Bye, bye sore backs!

Deadlifting properly is all about form, baby. So here’s how you want to perfect yours:

  • Stand with your feet shoulder-width apart, toes pointed slightly out.
  • Keeping your back flat and chest up, focus on keeping the weight in your heels.
  • Your shoulders should be straight and not hunched or rolled forward.
  • Push your butt down and back, hinging at the hip to pick up that barbell, dumbbells, child, box, or fur baby, keeping your back nice and flat the entire time.
  • Return to your standing position.

If you’re doing it right, you’ll feel it in your butt, back, and posterior chain.

Pro tip: It’s important to remember not to let your knees cave in. Keep those knees tracking out over your toes and make sure your butt stays high so your shoulders can also stay up and back.

You’ll be a beast in the gym (or at pre-school pickup) with no more back injuries when you lift!

Any other moves you want me to break down for you? Comment below!


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