Deadlifts = Overrated?

A quick google search of “deadlift” will pull up hundreds of hits, most of which proclaiming it as the be-all and end-all of strength training. And truthfully, if you’re picking efficient exercises, it’s a pretty good one, considering a conventional deadlift strengthens…
Gluteus Maximus: (Butt)
Quadriceps: (Upper Front legs)
Adductor Magnus: (Inner Thigh)
Soleus: (the Smaller part of your calf muscle)
Hamstrings: (Upper back of legs)
Gastrocnemius: (the bigger part of your calf muscle)
Erector Spinae: (lower back)
Trapezius, upper: (upper neck muscles)
Trapezius, middle: (middle neck muscles)
Levator Scapulae: (the muscle from your jaw to your shoulder)
Rhomboids: (upper inner back muscles right below your neck)
Rectus Abdominis: (abs)
Obliques: (side abs)

Is the deadlift effective? Hell yeah. Essential for life? Probably not. Like butter on warm bread, chocolate, cold beer on a hot day, a runner’s high, and sex, the deadlift is overrated, but no less magnificent because of it. Can you live a fulfilling life without these things? Absolutely. But they make everything oh-so-much better.


Not for you? I get it…you’ve seen pictures of a hulk deadlifting a bending bar with bulging muscles, veins, and eyeballs. And you are absolutely right…this type of deadlifting is probably not for you. But, the deadlift movement? I bet you deadlift at least once a day! Picking up that super convenient amazon prime delivery from your front porch? Lifting your suitcase (you know, the one that’s 49.9#s)? Picking up a small child from the floor? Guess what. All of these require a deadlift (or a really deep squat). I would even argue that for simple survival reasons, you should be able to deadlift all of your family members (although my husband assures me that he is comfortable just dragging my ass to safety). Anyone who’s been to Catalyst knows we love the deadlift. Like all the other movements we train, we think it helps make everything else we do that much easier.

Need more convincing? Check out 55 (more) Reasons Why the Deadlift Exercise is the Best of All Time.

We train the basic deadlift (hinge) pattern daily at Catalyst through swings, cleans, snatches, and yes, deadlifts. And while these are all effective, sometimes the best fun is had just loading up a barbell and lifting some seriously heavy $hit.

Intimidated by the barbell? Nervous about heavy weight? Join us for our Deadlift Workshop (it’s free!) on Saturday, October 20th from 7:30-8:30am. We’ll hone the hinge pattern and explore three barbell deadlift variations: conventional, sumo, and Jefferson. Equipment, space, and safety limit us to 10 participants. Reserve your spot here today.

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author: Steph Hoeper