The deadlift is often referred to as the king of lifts, and for good reason! This one lift incorporates just about every muscle group in the body. It’s a true test of strength, grit, and determination, and, to be honest, it’s a lift everyone should use, whether you’re male or female.
However, the deadlift has traditionally been a male-dominated lift – not due to the physicality of the lift, but because of the stigma associated with it. There’s a common misconception of women “bulking up” when they start weight training, and a fear that performing a lift such as a deadlift will make them bulky and won’t help them achieve their goals, such as weight loss.
That couldn’t be further from the truth. Here are 3 reasons why women should deadlift!
1. Deadlifts burn fat
The fact of the matter is that the deadlift is one of the most taxing lifts, which means it will burn far more calories than many other exercises in the gym.
The deadlift is what’s known as a compound lift, or a lift which incorporates more than one major muscle group. It uses the hamstrings, quads, and glutes, as well as all the muscles in the lower back and more.
Because compound lifts require more muscle recruitment, your body needs more energy (calories) to fuel the movement, as opposed to a more isolated exercise such as a tricep extension, which only requires tricep activation and takes far less energy to perform.
2. Deadlifts improve functional strength
For improving total body strength, deadlifts are king. As we have mentioned, they require a lot of muscle recruitment to perform, so by incorporating deadlifts into your training regime, you can expect to see a drastic improvement in your strength!
Unlike isolation exercises such as tricep extensions or calf raises, the deadlift offers functional strength, meaning it has a direct crossover to real-world application. Almost any movement that requires you to pick an item up from the ground will benefit from deadlifting.
3. Deadlifts improve posture
Do you suffer from poor posture? For many, poor posture is a direct result of the lack of either lower back strength or core strength. The deadlift is the perfect posture-correcting lift, as it will help to strengthen the spinal erectors as well as develop core stability.
So, all the women out there who aren’t deadlifting, why not? After a few short weeks of deadlifting with the correct form you’ll start to notice a significant difference not only in your appearance but also in your overall strength and power. Muscle Club recommends adding some deadlifts to your next leg or back session to really feel the burn! As the deadlift is a compound lift, it is best to perform it at the start of the session when you have the highest energy and strength levels.