The Deadlift exercise is one of those great exercises that builds whole body strength.  The individual requires not only lower body strength, but also a very strong core and upper body.  It is also a great exercise as it requires the individual to learn how to hip hinge and separate their hip movement from spine.  There are many variations of the deadlift, ranging from the conventional stance to sumo stance.  Grip holds also vary from bilateral pronated hand grips to reverse grips.

When it comes to other forms of the deadlift and similar types of exercises, there is the rack pull, deficit deadlifts, single leg deadlifts, romanian deadlifts, kettlebell deadlifts and much more.

I have attached a video of myself demonstrating the Sumo Deadlift.  This was earlier in my days whilst still learning it, so don’t judge too hard on the technique.

Sumo Deadlift Video

Almost all individuals can learn to implement the deadlift movement pattern into their life.  Those individuals with back pain should learn to be able to hip hinge and separate their hip movement from their back.  More often than not, back pain patients often have probably visited the clinic because they have overused their lower back rather than using their hips, glutes, quads and hamstrings.

If you would like to find out more about the deadlift and get some advice on a exercise program to suit your specific needs, be sure to see one of our Osteopaths at Principle Four Osteopathy.  Principle Four Osteopathy is one of Melbourne City CBD 3000 leading Osteopathy clinics.  The clinic is located at 29 Somerset Place, Melbourne City CBD 3000 (near the corner of Little Bourke & Elizabeth St).  To book an appointment, please call 03 9670 9290 or book online @

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