deadliftOk, it’s 2016 and you are about to embark on a brand new workout plan.  This year is different.  This year you have goals and you are going to stick to them, right?  Come on, we all start the year with aspirations of healthy eating, losing weight, and six pack abs.  How many of us actually keep with these goals?

I’m going to give you a tip that will help you keep your goals.  Learn to deadlift, and learn it now!  This is the single best exercise that you can add to your workout plan for the new year.  No matter what your fitness goals are, the deadlift will help.  If you want to get bigger and stronger, then you need to deadlift.  If you want to lose weight, deadlift.  If you want six pack abs, grab the bar and start deadlifting.

Here is a snapshot of all the positive things that can come from adding deadlifts to your workouts:

  • Strengthens your entire posterior chain – glutes, hamstrings, back, etc…
  • Helps your grip strength
  • Helps build bone density
  • Strengthens your core better than crunches
  • Improves your speed
  • Helps build mass and overall strength
  • Helps you get through training plateaus

The list could go on and on.  The important thing to remember… you need to add deadlifts to your workout, immediately.  With that said, I also want to issue this caution:  If you have never done deadlifts before, MAKE SURE you have a certified professional show you how to do them.  Have him or her watch you to make sure your form is correct.  If done incorrectly, deadlifts can cause injury to your spine, so MAKE SURE you are doing them correctly by having a certified professional train you to correctly perform the deadlift.  Good luck.

Dr Spencer Charlet
Mooresville Chiropractor

**The Content in this article is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition, or before starting any new exercise program.