If there was one exercise (including its variations) that I could do for the rest of my life, I’d be hard pressed to argue against the deadlift.
Why? The deadlift is f***ing KING.
As much as I LOVE heavy squat variations, there’s simply too much cheating that goes on with that lift nowadays. You know who you are, Mr. 550 pound 1/8 squat, a foot and a half above parallel. Let’s put it this way, if there was only one lift I could prescribe to my athletes for their training programs, you bet your ass it’s gonna be something that I KNOW is gonna be legit. You can’t cheat a deadlift!
Just thinking about heavy pulling gets me all revved up–somebody give me some chalk, throw a few wheels on the bar and let’s grip and rip baby!!! Damn–heavy deadlifting is definitely one of the things I miss most during track season (gotta take care of those hamstrings).
Alright–enough screwing around. Let’s get into some more reasons on why the deadlift pretty much has the MANswers all of life’s greatest mysteries:
1. Weak hands equal a weak man: ladies, you’d best start looking for a new beau if your man needs to strap up on anything over 135.
I’ve read this statement over and over again, and grip strength has been a huge issue of mine in the past, but I’ll be damned if I let a weak grip stand in the way of me and being respectable at the King of all exercises. Grow a pair, drop the straps, and watch the rest of your lifts and overall strength SKYROCKET as your grip improves in the deadlift.
2. Deadlifts for SPEED and for sport: I wasn’t a great athlete in my early years of high school. I was weak and slow, but wanted to do whatever it took to be big, fast and AWESOME. I noticed that ALL of our fastest players (even some of the dudes weighing under 145 pounds) could RIP at least 450 off the floor. Coincidence? I think not.
When my deadlift went from a measely 365 to a somewhat respectable 485 over the course of an offseason, my 40 time dropped from a lousy 4.90 into a solid 4.63. The deadlift is one of the SINGLE BEST EXERCISES YOU CAN DO TO STRENGTHEN YOUR “GO” MUSCLES: what strength coaches like to refer to as the posterior chain–specifically the hamstrings, glutes, and spinal erectors.
You want to get faster and better at your sport? Get your posterior chain brutally strong. Ready to hit the deads yet?
3. Are you man enough? If you don’t deadlift at MINIMUM 2.5 times your bodyweight, the answer is no. You, my friend, are a bit of sissy by Dungeon standards (I adopt the standard super-legendary strength coach and post-50 badass Dan John sets for his athletes, if it’s good enough for him it’s good enough for me). And I’ll say one thing for sure, I never want to disappoint a guy like Dan John!
The good news? We’re here to get you up to speed and to beast-mode status, so grab some chalk and let’s get to work.
Other answers provided by deadlifts?
-Stonehenge: was actually once a gym created by the giants. The giants deadlifted the giant stones and were badasses. Then they didn’t pay their membership and got kicked out.
-The pyramids: built to keep a giant barbell from rolling across the floor while God himself was deadlifting
-Elvis? Deadlifting in a jungle somewhere to find meaning in life.
Satisfied yet? Shoot me a comment with your best deadlift, favorite other exercise, or another of life’s questions answered by “king deadlift” that I haven’t listed here. Until next time, grip it and rip it!