Exercise of the Week: Kettlebell Deadlift

When you say the word “deadlift” to most people, they either think big muscly guys or bad backs. And this wouldn’t be an incorrect thought. Because there are many big guys you deadlift and there are many bad backs that have happened because of deadlifting.

 

But what if I were to tell you that deadlifting is one of the most important, if not THE most in important, exercise you can utilize to help get you to your goals, no matter what they are? It’s all in how you use them.

 

So maybe I stretched it by saying that the deadlift is THE most important exercise you can use. The truth is, the deadlift movement, or the hinge, is the most important MOVEMENT you can utilize. The hinge movement is named as such because you hinge at your hips, or you hinge your hips in the way a door hinges. The hinge movement is important because it is the movement that maximizes the usage of your rear-end. Yes, it maximizes your gluteus maximus. Living in the sitting culture that we do, we don’t use our butts properly like we should. And when you don’t use it, you lose it.

 

The kettlebell deadlift, more specifically, is the most basic utilization of the hinge movement. With the deadlift, you have to use your whole body, from top to bottom. Because of this, your body has to release an amazing amount of hormones that help you build muscle and burn fat. For these 2 reasons, using the deadlift in your programming on a regular basis will get you massive results in a short period of time.

 

Technique is absolutely critical when it comes to deadlifting. This is when injuries happen, especially when you’re using some weight. Concentrate on really stabilizing through your midsection and squeezing your butt at the top of the movement.

 

Use this exercise often. No matter your goal, you can get there using kettlebell deadlifts.

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Jerry Scarlato

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Jerry Scarlato is a Personal Trainer and Entrepreneur who lives in Northern Kentucky. He runs 2 businesses related to health and wellness: Thrive Fitness and Thrive Online. Jerry has been involved in the fitness for his entire adult life, including playing sports through college. Along with being an Entrepreneur, Jerry is a content creator,
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