Deadlift Exercise for Back
Back Strengthening Exercises Video Series
This deadlift exercise is the third video in the upper back
strengthening series. The video on this page demostrates this exercise
using a barbell.
If you don't have access to a gym or you don't have a barbell, you can
use other equipment.
Try doing this with your dumbbell weights or the resistance bands.
Below the step by step instructions are tips on how to modify the
exercise for these pieces of equipment.
The deadlift uses many different muscles when doing this workout.
It works your torso, back, hips, legs and arms. This is a great workout
to strengthen many different muscles in your body.
For the back portion of this workout, you will be engaging all the
major upper back muscles. These are the Lats, Rhomboids the Trapezius
You want to ensure you have proper form for this back exercise. If done
incorrectly, you can be harming your back instead of helping.
This workout is just one in a series of many back exerices.
To see more videos in this series use the next / previous buttons below
Exercise #3 - Deadlift Exercise
This exercise is named because it is literally lifting dead weight such
as weights laying on the ground. This workout has two moves to it. The
concentric portion is the lifting of the weight.
The eccentric step is the lowering of the weights.
Just make sure your head is off the bench so that the muscles are
engaged while doing this deadlift exercise.
Place the barbell on the floor directly in front of you. Make sure you
have the proper weights on the bar for your fitness level.
- Stand with feet slightly apart and feet flat to the floor.
- Bend your knees while keeping your back as straight as
possible and bend forward grabbing the barbell with both hands.
Make sure your arms about shoulder width apart. This is your starting
- Now start to lift the barbell pushing with your legs. At
the same time start to straighten your torso.
- When you come to the upright position, stick your chest out
and contract your back muscles by bringing your shoulders back.
- With a slow and controlled movement, return to the starting
position by bending your knees while at the same time bending your
Be sure to keep your back straight while returning to the starting
- When the weights are on the floor, you are ready for the
- Repeat this for several reps. Take a small breather and do
another set or two.
Make sure to breath while doing this exercise. Exhale as you
lift and inhale as you return to the starting position.
To do this with dumbbell weights, follow the same instructions as above
but instead of lifting the dumbbell weights, simply hold them in your
You do not need to set these down on the floor, just bend down as far
as you can.
Using resistance bands, you want to place your feet shoulder width
apart. Place the ends of the bands in both hands.
Using the starting position above, follow the steps by pushing with the
legs and lifting up.
Watch the video below to ensure you are doing the this deadlift exercise correctly.
This video uses a barbell for this exerise.
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Resistance bands are a great piece of equipment to do all sorts of
strengthening exercises. They are inexpensive and easy to travel with so you can always get your
workout in for the day.
If you are just starting out with your workouts, then be sure to check
out these tips to ensure you have the right environment for your