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Do you lift? I have seen tank tops that say “I Lift” and I so want to grab them, because that is so me! I lift! I love my weight training time and look forward to when I can find time in my day to go play with my weights. One of my favorite exercises is deadlifts. Deadlifts are not just for those muscle bound body builders. Deadlifts are for everyone and anyone. They improve posture, strengthen the core and do more than sit-ups as they work multiple muscle groups at one time. I love how they stretch out my muscles and help to lift and shape my backside. Now, who doesn’t want a lifted and nicely shaped backside. For those of you who have a desk job, you know how important it is to shape what you sit on all day!
Curious about deadlifts? As long as you practice good form so you don’t injure yourself when you do your deadlifts you will be fine. Follow these steps ~
Step #1:Wear appropriate footwear like a nice pair of Nike shoes. You want something comfy, but supportive on your feet as it will help align your body when doing a deadlift.
Step #2:Set up a weight that is challenging, but not so heavy it will affect or negatively impact your form. Bend your knees and sit your hips to pick up your weights, use the back side of your body to hold the weight as if you are pushing a door closed with your back and shoulders as you stand up.
Step #3:Keep a soft bend in your knees, but keep the back side of your body fully holding the weight as it tries to pull you forward. Keep your shoulders retracted – meaning pulling together throughout the entire exercise.
Step #4:Hinge forward from your hips, not your torso or knees and act as if you are shaving your legs with the weight. Lower the weight down just to the bottom of your knee caps, no need to go any lower as you will start to lose the muscles engages on the back side.
Step #5:Raise back up to standing by keeping a long spine, engage all the muscles in your back, glutes and hamstrings and shave your legs with your weight to come back to your start position.
(Deadlift Steps provided by Katie Haggerty)
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