Want To Add On Slabs Of Muscle
I'm still struggling to get my head around how well these exercises actually work. I was never really much of a barbell person until I talked to a personal coach. That one conversation changed the way I viewed all my workouts going forward.
If there is one movement that you absolutely need in your routine, the Deadlift would be it. Now, when anyone asks me how to gain muscles fast, I have an answer. Let's dig into this incredibly effective movement and discuss the reasons why you need to be adding it into your workouts.
If you ask around, you may just find that there is an unfair judgment about the deadlift; most of it seems to be around your safety during the lift. Yes, you can lift some pretty heavy weights with this exercise but you can also do it very safely as well. So you may be thinking to yourself, why should I start deadlifting in order to gain muscles fast? Great question; let's answer it!
Ask Yourself This Question
This exercise is commonly known in the weight lifting circles as one of the “Big 3” movements (the others being the Squat and the Bench Press). The results of those that do this exercise properly do not lie! Do you want to add on slabs of muscle to both your upper body as well as your lower body all the while strengthening almost all the other major muscles groups? If you say yes, then deadlifts are your friend!
Your Body Will Not Look The Same Going Forward
Let's now focus on what this simple yet powerful effective exercise can do for you. Benefits will include:
1. Major muscle being added on to both your upper and lower body (more on which muscles are preferred in a moment)
2. Awesome cardio workout – not many weight lifting moves give your respiratory system a workout like deadlifts can. I suggest having a chair present on these days!
3. Real life applicable – How many times have you been asked to help your buddies move some furniture or even move heavy objects around your own home? Deadlifts are one of the best exercises to train your body and muscles to do just this type of work.
4. Kick your core into shape – Do you want to minimize your chances of injury while you workout as well as during your daily routine called life? The one way to do this is to have a strong Core set of muscles. Deadlifts strengthen the core which then helps with correct posture.
5. They are safe – If you want to pack on a lot of muscle, you need to lift heavy weights. Deadlifts allow you to do just that and you can have peace of mind knowing that it can be done safely (unlike squats and bench presses where there is always a chance of being injured by the weight coming down on you).
I Was Shocked When I Found This Out
The more that I learn about this exercise and the more I use it, the more I realize just how many muscles this one compound movement affects. When you are deadlifting, you are building the following muscles:
Back – This is by far the major muscle group worked (both the upper and lower)
Lats – These muscles come into play at the top of the exercise when the weight transfers from the lower body to the upper body
Glutes – You will find that this exercise really rounds out the “butt” muscles, especially during the transition from the lower to the upper body. Now for all you women out there that think the deadlift exercise is a “guy only” movement; think again. These movements will work wonders for all the right places!
Legs – There really is only one better exercise for building huge legs and that is the squat. This exercise comes a very close second though while also giving you the benefit of working all the other muscles groups as well. The deadlift is actually initiated by the leg muscles with your back acting to hold the weight in place.
Arms – Believe it or not this exercise will really give your forearms and hands a great workout. What you may find because as you get more advanced is that your gripping strength becomes your limiting factor. If this is the case, you can start using straps which actually attach the bar to your arms so that you are better able to focus on the weight and not your grip.
There Is Only One Correct And Safe Way
If you are like most people, seeing an exercise performed is much more useful than to read a description about it. There are many good videos on the internet that will show you proper technique so just do a quick search and take a look.
Ouch That Hurts!
The last thing you want to do while exercising is to injure yourself. I feel that proper technique is critical and the following points need to be taken into consideration. These are:
1. Maintain proper technique at all times – I know I sound like a broken record here but I can not emphasize this point enough.
2. Never (ever) round your back during the lift. Always keep it straight and in line.
3. Do not jerk the weight – Always make the movement a continuous flow from the ground up to your shoulder lock out.
4. Keep your knees and feet in a fixed position horizontally. If your knees are allowed to sway sideways, you are setting yourself up for injury.
So there you have it, a tried and true exercise that has been around for eons because it works. If you want to know how to gain muscles quickly then learn and use this movement. You will not believe the results it will give you.