The deadlift. If you could only do one weightlifting movement for the rest of your life I advocate for the deadlift.
The deadlift is simple: pick up something heavy.
The deadlift is functional: pick up something heavy.
The deadlift is fun: pick up something heavy! YAY!
The deadlift gets its name from how the lift starts, from a dead stop. This distinguishes it from the clean, jerk or snatch which use dynamic movement and momentum to help lift the bar.
There is nothing deadly or dangerous about the deadlift.
The deadlift has a multitude of health benefits. It develops an incredibly strong core. It develops BONE DENSITY! Many of the women who train at our gym, including Meg who is pictured above deadlifting some heavy shit, have been warned about osteopenia or have even been diagnosed with osteoporosis. After training with us, all of the women who have been warned about bone density have reversed their condition. That's right! You can increase bone density, NO MATTER YOUR AGE, by deadlifting.
Deadlifting doesn't have to be heavy to be effective. However, for most of us the deadlift is our strongest lift and we like lifting heavy shit. A great benchmark for anyone with less than a year of CrossFit training is a body weight deadlift. After that, a double bodyweight deadlift is a great goal to pursue.
Deadlifting heavy, like we are doing today, drives a potent hormonal response. Tonight when you sleep your body will release human growth hormone (HGH) to help you recover. Human growth hormone will not only repair your muscles, it will also help you fight off illness.
Immunity boosting and bone density increasing ? I'm ALL IN for deadlifting!
I thought it would be fun to see the fittest women in the world left some very, very heavy weight at mere 15 minutes after running a grueling 7KM trail run at the 2017 CrossFit Games.
Sometimes, we just need to watch something fun and motivating to get us psyched for a workout. I'm ready to lift heavy after watching this. Are you? Tell us in the comments!
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