Get Stronger with the Deficit Deadlift

June 21, 2022 0

How to Do Deficit Deadlift? There are many variations of the deadlift, but one unique form of this exercise that’s getting more popular lately is the deficit deadlift. You can do this by either standing on a box or by placing your heels onto one, which changes the biomechanics of this move, making it more challenging than regular deadlifts and focusing on your posterior chain more so than other muscle groups in your legs and back. Read on for instructions on how to do deficit deadlifts correctly.

What is a deficit deadlift?

A deficit deadlift is a type of deadlift where you perform a standard deadlift exercise but in a higher position. A deficit deadlift is useful for both strength and muscle development and can be performed using an empty barbell or a weighted barbell. Here’s how to do it: Begin by grabbing onto an empty barbell or on to one end of a loaded barbell. If using an empty barbell, simply hold onto it at each end; if using a loaded barbell, grab onto one end of it as you would during regular deadlifts. Stand on a box or other raised platform; place your feet wider than they would be during traditional deadlifts.

How to do deficit deadlifts?

In general, a deadlift is defined as any weight that you’re lifting off of the ground. This can be weights held in your hands or heavier weights that are attached to a barbell. Because deadlifts work out so many different muscles at once, they’re considered to be one of the best exercises overall. The main movement performed by deadlifts is also known as hip extension, meaning you’re working on extending your hips backwards and upwards towards your shoulders. This is why hip flexibility plays an important role when performing deadlifts (or squats). If you’re having trouble reaching down to grab weights in front of you, then improving hip flexibility will help immensely; try stretching out regularly before and after workouts!

Why you should do deficit deadlifts?

The deadlift is a staple of most strength training programs. It can help you gain strength, build muscle and improve athletic performance. The deficit deadlift variation offers some benefits to traditional versions of the exercise, including greater recruitment of your glutes and hamstrings, which can give you better hip extension and protect your lower back during heavy lifts. If done correctly, deficit deadlifts are a great way to get stronger without adding extra stress on your body. Keep reading for more information about how to do deficit deadlifts correctly.

Common mistakes

There are several ways to mess up a deficit deadlift, from losing your balance and falling over on yourself, to pushing your hips back instead of down, or leaning too far forward at lockout. First make sure you’re setting up correctly—it should be just like a regular deadlift; grab your bar with an overhand grip that’s slightly narrower than shoulder width and push your hips back until they touch (or nearly touch) the bar. The next most common mistake is pushing through one’s heels, but it’s actually okay to keep your toes curled under in a deficit deadlift; you just want to force yourself into dorsiflexion as hard as possible at lockout so that there is no bend in your knees or ankles.

Sample workout routine

I recommend doing deficit deadlifts at least twice a week, and increasing weight by no more than 10 pounds. However, you’ll want to switch up your rep range on these exercises in order to increase muscle growth. On lower reps of 8-12 or even 5-8, I recommend adding an additional 5-10 pounds per workout. This ensures that you’re still getting stronger while building muscle. As you get closer to your goal weight, reduce your overall amount of sets and reps on these exercises and start performing higher number of sets for fewer reps on different days. For example: start with 4 sets of 8+ repetitions and then drop down to 3 sets per exercise by week three. Then move back up as you approach goal weight through week 6.

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Ashmawi Sami

Ashmawi Sami has a Bachelor degree in Travel and Tourism Management from the University of Minnesota. He has his own travel vlogging channel. Besides being a fantastic yoga instructor he has travelled to 9 countries and planning his next trip soon. As the father of 3 dogs, he is well-trained in parenting, crowd control, and crisis situations.


Gillian is a freelance blogger, student, and full-time traveler. Each day she spends her time exploring something exciting to help people find the information they need while travelling to a new destination. Whether it be the place to enjoy holidays, or a spot to throw a party or hidden gems that you must visit in the city.





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