- Place a barbell in a clear space on the floor. (Make sure there are no obstructions in your way.
- Stand facing the barbell with your legs about 4-6 inches from the bar.
- Place your feet shoulder width apart.Your feet can be pointed straight ahead or turned outwards slightly.
- Squat down, keeping your back straight and grip the bar with an overhand grip at shoulder width.
- Keep your arms fully extended and stand up with the barbell.
- As you lift the barbell, your hips and shoulders should rise together and your back should be straight.
- As you reach the top of the lift and are standing straight, rotate your shoulders back slightly until you feel a slight stretch in them.
- Lower the barbell back to the floor in the same squatting motion you used to lift it.
Related exercises to discover
Barbell deadlifts is a gym work out exercise that targets lower back and also involves abs and calves and forearms and glutes & hip flexors and hamstrings and quadriceps and upper back & lower traps. Refer to the illustration and instructions above for how to perform this exercise correctly. Inverted rows / reverse pull-ups, powerbag / sandbag good mornings and back extensions / hyperextensions are related exercise that target the same muscle groups as barbell deadlifts. Visit our directory for more exercises.
Our exercise illustrations represent original artwork registered with and protected by the U.S. Copyright Office. Unauthorized use violators will be prosecuted. More details.