Leg Exercises

The Deadlift: Step-by-Step for Optimal Results

Learn the basics of this classic lift to maximize poundage and avoid injury.



7. Exhale

Breathe out forcefully as you reach the top of the lift.

8. At the top

Stand erect in the fully upright position with your legs straight and knees unlocked, but don't lean back at the top of the lift. Keep your chest out and shoulders back, holding the arch in your lower back. Take 1 to 3 deep breaths and hold your breath as you descend back down.

9. Stay Aligned

Keep your ankles, knees and hips aligned at all times to ensure an ideal line of force and reduce stress on the knees and hips.