In order to master the deadlift workout, it’s important to start with the basics

By Nicole Ganglani | Lead photo by Alora Griffiths / Unsplash

When it comes to weightlifting, the deadlift is a crucial exercise. If done correctly, it can be effective in building overall strength and muscle mass. Besides building strength, body building also works for weight loss because in general it focuses on strengthening muscles and burning fat. It’s a vital part of every fitness routine and If you’re thinking about adding deadlifts to your workout, here are some exercises you can start with.

Staggered Stance Kettlebell Deadlift

The staggered stance is a single-weight exercise that can improve stability and overall oblique strength. The deadlift exercise helps you squat deeper, which makes you use your muscles through a larger range of motion. In addition, the staggered stance is also a single-leg exercise that works out the hamstring and glutes and also adds flexibility to your body.

The Romanian Deadlift (RDL)

The RDL is an effective exercise that strengthens the core and lower body with one move. When you do the RDL, you strengthen your posterior muscles specifically the erector spinae, gluteus, hamstrings, and adductors. This classic deadlift exercise increases mobility in your hips as well as improves your dynamic flexibility.

Hex Bar Deadlift

This workout makes you stand in the middle of a hexagon and hold the handles on each side. Dubbed as the most beginner-friendly deadlift workout, the purpose of the hex bar is for you to lift heavier and allow you to work on your lower body.

Barbell Deadlift

A classic exercise, the barbell deadlift is meant for putting on mass and building overall strength. It works out the hamstrings, glutes, and biceps, providing overall strength for the whole body.

Cable Deadlift

The cable deadlift is an alternative for those who don’t like barbells or dumbbells in general. It targets the hamstring and gluteus muscles with an emphasis on the lower back, rear shoulders, forearms, upper back and traps. If you want an upper body workout, the cable deadlift is the perfect choice.