Best exercises ever #3: the deadlift

Hi guys 

Some of you have been asking me for more ideas to get the best possible results from your workouts. Over the past few weeks I've talked about the benefits of squats and press-ups. They're great exercises, which anyone can do, and are guaranteed to improve your fitness and physique.
 
But this week I want to talk about the essential exercise for any fitness program: the deadlift.
 
Why is it essential? 
Simple really. When performed correctly, the deadlift works your entire body. Your legs, back, shoulders, arms, chest and core all work together to perform the exercise.
 
Here are four reasons to include the deadlift in your gym routine:

  1. You will burn more burn more fat. Because your entire body is working, your heart rate goes through the roof and your metabolism increases rapidly. This means you’ll burn fat quicker and for days afterwards.
  2. .It will improve your overall strength and fitness. Once you start performing deadlifts regularly you'll see improvements in all other exercises you perform. You'll be able to lift more weight and work harder for    longer.
  3. It will save you time in the gym. Because of the sheer effort involved, doing a deadlift gives you all the benefits of resistance training and also a cardio workout too.
  4. It’s a superb functional exercise. How many times a day do you bend down to tie your shoes, grab your shopping off the floor or maybe even pick up a small child? Every time you do that, you’re using the same muscles that work so hard when performing a deadlift.


I seriously recommend deadlifts for: 

Guys who want to build muscle. The deadlift works every major muscle in the body. You’ll build power in your legs, back, shoulders, arms and even your chest.  You’ll also get a rock hard core as your all-important abdominals and other stabilizer muscles work hard to maintain the correct form throughout the exercise.
 
Girls who want a toned, slim physique. The deadlift gives you the benefits of working with weights and cardiovascular exercise. It will help you burn fat and tone up your entire body.
 
Anyone who suffers from back pain. Let’s face it, there’s nothing that makes you feel older than a bad back. If you work behind a desk, your core and lower back muscles are neglected. The deadlift builds strength in these vital areas and your posture will be better than ever.
 
So next time you’re in the gym, head for the barbell and try a deadlift. Start with a low weight so you get your technique right first. Then when you’ve got your technique spot-on, you can add more weight and really start seeing results.
 
Remember - if you need any help or advice, feel free to give me a shout.
 
Take it easy,
Tony

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