The deadlift exercise is a full-body exercise that recruits many large and small muscle groups. Doing a proper deadlift can recruit the hamstrings, the quadriceps muscles, the inner thighs, the calves, the core, the back muscles (latissimus dorsi, erector spinae), the shoulder muscles, the forearm muscles, and the abdominals. Additionally, since this exercise emphasizes the posterior chain, the muscles on the backside of our body, it can help improve your posture and offset the detrimental effects of prolonged sitting.
Practice the deadlift with just the bar until you have the form and technique mastered. Afterward, start adding weight and you will begin to see the changes in your health and well-being. Don’t overdo it and make sure you are getting plenty of rest and recovery in between exercise days as this exercise taxes the working muscles and the nervous system. If you are not confident about performing this exercise do not be afraid to consult with a trained and highly experienced personal trainer or physical therapist, preferably one who specializes in powerlifting.