Barbell Deadlift

Intermediate Level of Difficulty

The barbell deadlift is an excellent compound exercise that targets the glutes, hamstrings and lower back.


Picture of Glutes


Gluteal Muscles (Glutes) are one of the strongest muscles in the body and are the connecting point between your legs and back muscles. Glutes are used in a variety of actions from moving the leg to extending and rotating the hip, as well as extending and rotating the trunk of the body.

Picture of Hamstrings


The hamstrings play a crucial role in many daily activities, such as, running, jumping, walking and cycling. Strengthening your hamstring muscles help to protect your knees from injury by absorbing the stress placed on the knee. Weak hamstrings can lead to knee injury.

Equipment Used

Picture of Barbell


A barbell is a piece of exercise equipment used in weight training, weightlifting and powerlifting. Barbells range in length from 4 feet (1.2 m) to 8 feet (2.4 m) and vary in diameter.

Exercise Instructions

barbell deadlift - step 1

Step 1

Stat with your feet hip width and your hands gripping the bar just off of your legs. Make sure that your back is flat and your weight is on your heels.

barbell deadlift - step 2

Step 2

Take a big breath of air, contract your abs and stand up with the bar.

barbell deadlift - step 3

Step 3

Lower the barbell back down to the floor keeping your shoulder blades retracted and your core engaged.