Types of Deadlifts
The Most Effective Exercise You Can Do
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Raise the Deadlift
Don't let the name intimidate you: "The deadlift is quite possibly the most effective exercise you can do," says Tony Gentilcore, C.S.C.S, cofounder of Cressey Performance in Massachusetts. In addition to targeting your glutes and hamstrings—which are some of your body's most powerful muscles—the deadlift activates your quads, core, back, and shoulders. "It builds muscle from head to toe," says Gentilcore. "Performed correctly, it also reinforces good form for real-world movements, like lifting heavy loads; that makes it a back saver." Customize your results and reach your goals faster with these four variations.
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