At this point, you probably know that deadlifts are the best full-body exercise for working your entire posterior chain (hamstring, glutes, and back). As you lift the weight up off of the floor, it also enhances your grip and core strength and helps you produce more power overall. So, you should be deadlifting.

This doesn’t mean, however, that you need to stick with the traditional barbell deadlift. There are other varieties out there that mimic this classic hip-hinge movement, and the one you should do comes down to your goals

To walk you through three common deadlifts, we tapped Ryan Hopkins, one of the founders of Soho Strength Labs in New York City and a personal trainer. See what he has to say about conventional, sumo, and trap-bar deadlifts below. 



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