The deadlift exercise is performed by squatting down and lifting a weight off the floor using your hands (or one weight in each hand). The knees are then straightened until you are standing up straight again.
There are a number of variants on the basic deadlift exercise such as the "Romanian deadlift" and the "straight-leg deadlift" which target the muscles involved differently. A common variant is the "Sumo deadlift&qupt; which uses a wider stance, and emphasizes the inner thighs.
Deadlifts are typically performed using barbells, dumbbells, or a Smith machine.
The deadlift is recommended for the following muscle groups:
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