human movement: deadlift part 3

There are a few key points worth mentioning before we finish up the deadlift. The deadlift may seem counter-intuitive at first glance. After all, we are constantly told to bend the knees and to keep the back upright while lifting. But, that won't cut it when lifting a heavy object where your posterior musculature (back, glutes, and hamstrings) comes into play.

We can safely put our back at a forty-five degree angle and even parallel to the floor by flexing at the hip joint, not flexing (rounding) the spine. This is a simple but key concept. The spine is held in a neutral AND safe position even though it may seem like the back is compromised.

Picking a baby out of a crib or grabbing a heavy box out of a trunk can't be achieved with a squat. It's the deadlift that helps you with these situations when you must keep your legs fairly straight, flex your hips, tighten the hamstrings and glutes and reach out with your arms.

The deadlift is one of the most useful training movements because it transfers over to much of our daily activity.

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