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Never Speak ill of the Deadlift


If you want a dead cert workout for hitting your fitness targets, look no further than deadlifts! At Xercise4Less gyms you’ll find all the weightlifting equipment you need to work out why deadlifts are a brilliant way to make you fitter and stronger while you work on a wide range of muscle groups.

The deadlift is a compound movement (uses multiple sets of muscles) and one of the best ways possible to ramp up your fitness. If you were to design a workout exercise that improved your posture, burnt loads of calories, built muscle and toned all at the same time, you’d end up with the deadlift. Some people may argue that squats are superior to deadlifts but our Personal Trainers encourage our gym members to include both in their exercise programme for maximum progress.

Deadlifts work nearly all the major muscle groups and build both the upper and lower body, mimicking real life actions like lifting and bending. Even better, deadlifts are superb for gym goers of any experience level so they’re a great investment of your exercise time. Read on to see how you can strengthen your body with deadlift sessions.



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Boost Your Strength with Deadlifts

At Xercise4Less Gyms we love to include deadlifts in your workouts whether you’re a casual gym goer or an experienced gym user. Why?


Deadlifts primarily target your glutes, but this strength training exercise also works your hamstrings, quads, your lower back and core, and even your arms and shoulders. The deadlift is the workout that really hits every bit of your body. And the benefits are huge.

Including deadlifts in your workout sessions leads to improved grip strength and increased muscle power for real world activities like carrying a heavy bag of shopping or performing any form of physical labour. They’ll also help decrease your risk of injury and back pain by developing your core strength and back muscles. That also adds stability to your posture and keeps your back straighter when you’re active. Deadlifts even have a cardio component; just try ten deadlift reps and you’ll see what we mean! Thankfully those exertions lead to increased calorie burning during and after your deadlift sessions.


Be Dead Certain When to Use Deadlifts

Deadlifts are such effective exercises but when should you do them? Work with our Personal Trainers as to where deadlifts should fit in your exercise schedule but generally you shouldn’t deadlift more than 1 or 2 times a week. After all, you’ll need to let your tired muscles recover after your deadlift workout! When you’re getting in shape at Xercise4Less Gyms deadlifts are normally included on either a back day, leg day or a pulling day.


How to Raise the Level of Your Deadlifts

While the deadlift is perhaps the safest weightlifting workout, it’s very important to understand how to deadlift correctly so you avoid injury. Start light when learning how to deadlift and always make sure you warm up thoroughly as the deadlifts involve your entire body. The deadlift is typically done with a barbell and while our Personal Trainers can help you with your form, here’s a brief guide on how to deadlift properly:

  • Walk to the barbell
  • Stand with your mid-foot under the barbell
  • Grab the barbell
  • Bend over without bending your legs
  • Bend your knees
  • Drop into position by bending your knees until your shins touch the bar
  • Lift your chest
  • Straighten your back by raising your chest
  • Pull and stand up with the weight
  • Hold the weight for a second at the top, with locked hips and knees
  • Then return the weight to the floor by moving your hips back while bending your legs
  • Rest a second at the bottom and repeat


There are several different variations of the deadlift exercise which you can use including the stiff legged, sumo, and Romanian deadlifts.


Deadlift Your Way to Fitness with Xercise4Less Gyms

When you join a gym like Xercise4Less you can look forward to working with fitness staff that are as ambitious for you to reach your fitness targets as you are. And deadlifts are an important part of any gym member’s exercise programme. Our Personal Trainers will be there to help you with deadlifting technique and to provide strength training advice where you need it. When you sign up to an Xercise4Less gym membership you join a friendly and inclusive fitness community that is there to help you achieve your fitness goals. And that should always include deadlifts!

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