Hope everyone's enjoying the deadlift challenge! Even if you're an old hand with free weights, deadlifts can be tricky to set up because the bar is on the ground, not on a rack, and you'll soon be dealing with weights that are heavy enough to be unwieldy.
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We're deadlifting this month, and I'd love to hear how it's going for everyone so far. (I did one workout already, and will try to get in two next week.) But if you're new to this, or if you find the move intimidating, we have some suggestions for how to prepare.
Welcome back, friends! We’ve done a lot of bodyweight exercises in our fitness challenges, and last month we got out on the road for some running or walking. This month we head into the gym for some heavy lifting — but don’t worry, even if you don’t have a gym membership we’ll have options for you too.
The barbell squat, deadlift and bench press are lovingly referred to as the "Big Three" exercises. When done correctly and together in a workout program, they hit oh-so many muscles in your body, teach you coordination and stability, and build incredible strength. If you're new to lifting, learning these exercises is a great place to start.
Deadlifts: you either love 'em or are afraid of 'em. To the casual eye, this exercise looks like a great way to throw out your back (and you certainly can if you've got terrible form), but they're actually one of the best and most practical movements in or outside of the gym. Here's what you need to know about this not-so-deadly exercise.