5 Awesome Deadlift Variations
While the majority of people like to stick to the common barbell deadlift, there are actually a whole range of variations to the deadlift which can be taken advantage of. These work better for others depending on their height, goals or even injury history.
A major problem today, with exception to competitive powerlifters, is that too many guys are looking purely for strength and don’t have the movement required to safely lift from the floor. This causes them to round their back which significantly increases the chance of injury. If you’re feeling a bit unsure over your form and/or suffering from tension in your lower back, we strongly suggest you decide a different variation.
Over at Men’s Fitness, they have five great deadlift routines that you can try. Here’s a short extract we’ve picked out for you:
1. Rack Pulls
Rack pulls are essentially just a conventional deadlift with the bar raised slightly off the floor. For those who prefer conventional deadlifts but don’t have the mobility to pull from the floor with good technique, this is a good option. Adjust the pins in the power rack to the point where you can pull with a flat back.
Rack pulls are also a great exercise to build up the upper back and traps, as they allow you to use more weight than you’d otherwise be able to pull from the floor.
2. Sumo Deadlift
Sumo deadlifts allow you to maintain a more upright torso and put more stress on the legs, particularly the glutes and quads. They can feel awkward at first if you’ve never done them, but most people find that it’s easier to pull with a flat back as compared to conventional deadlifts once they get the hang of the movement.
Make sure to check out the rest of the article and learn about how you can get super strong this winter. Deadlifting is one of the most effective exercises out there, which is why it’s really important that you do it right. Customize your results and reach your goals faster with these five awesome variations!
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