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    What muscles do deadlifts work?

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    Mostly lats, lower back, abs, glutes, hamstrings, and calves, ie the entire posterior chain.
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    It's a true whole body movement. Back and Legs are primary muscle groups worked.
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    lower back, spinal erectors, and even upper back
    also hamstrings as a secondary muscle used
    also hits the core pretty hard
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    Originally Posted by sophfball View Post
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    if they work both back and legs ... do you guys do them on leg day or back day ?????
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    It depends on which muscle groups you focus on while performing the lift. If you use your arms as merely hooks and focus on pushing your hips forward, like I do, then you'll mostly be using your lower back. If you focus on driving your feet into the ground, then you'll be hitting your legs harder. Others squeeze their lats, abs, and traps. It's such a compound movement that you could go many different routes with it.
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    Originally Posted by forclosers View Post
    It depends on which muscle groups you focus on while performing the lift. If you use your arms as merely hooks and focus on pushing your hips forward, like I do, then you'll mostly be using your lower back. If you focus on driving your feet into the ground, then you'll be hitting your legs harder. Others squeeze their lats, abs, and traps. It's such a compound movement that you could go many different routes with it.
    This is a good way to put it. Overall, your lower back, glutes, and hams will get a lot of work from deadlifts, but you can emphasize different things by making SLIGHT alterations in your form.
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    Originally Posted by stangone50 View Post
    if they work both back and legs ... do you guys do them on leg day or back day ?????
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    It depends on which muscle groups you focus on while performing the lift. If you use your arms as merely hooks and focus on pushing your hips forward, like I do, then you'll mostly be using your lower back. If you focus on driving your feet into the ground, then you'll be hitting your legs harder. Others squeeze their lats, abs, and traps. It's such a compound movement that you could go many different routes with it.
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    This is a good way to put it. Overall, your lower back, glutes, and hams will get a lot of work from deadlifts, but you can emphasize different things by making SLIGHT alterations in your form.
    ^ Those. I use a high hip position, which emphasizes back over legs. I do my deads on back day.

    You'll find people who do it on leg day, and some on back day. It is up to you, your personal goals, and your style of deadlift.
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    It's probably easier to list wat DL's DON"T hit.

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    I loled @ the ops sig containing two deadlift quotes and him not knowing much about them.









    Bottom line (as mentioned already) is it depends on how you do them. I guess it depends on personal preferance/goals.


    I prefer shins about 2" from bar when I'm standing straight up so when I bend over to grab the bar my shins only move about 2". Also I pull with high hips. Doing it this way really puts the focus on my back.
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    Here's a (probably incomplete) list off the top of my head.

    Hamstrings
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    Quads
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    Upper Back (All of it)
    Lats (if bar kept close to body ie proper form)
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    Originally Posted by TheStreetKing View Post
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    i hav heard from many people that DL grows ur biceps but how does DL even work ur biceps?
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    Originally Posted by prisonbreaker69 View Post
    i hav heard from many people that DL grows ur biceps but how does DL even work ur biceps?


    there is no curl motion with any style of deadlift, so its probably just the fact that your arms are stabilizing the heavy friggen barbell. Deadlifts have changed my life lol
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    It's probably easier to list wat DL's DON"T hit.
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    i hav heard from many people that DL grows ur biceps but how does DL even work ur biceps?
    What are "ur biceps"?
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    This about covers it...
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    lower back, spinal erectors, and even upper back
    also hamstrings as a secondary muscle used
    also hits the core pretty hard
    Hamstrings are secondary muscle? They are the prime movers in the movement.
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    I loled @ the ops sig containing two deadlift quotes and him not knowing much about them.
    Hey, reminds me of all the power clean lovers.
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    i hav heard from many people that DL grows ur biceps but how does DL even work ur biceps?
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    I always did them on back day, for two reasons. One, my hip stance put most of the effort on my back. More importantly, though, was the fact that I did squats on leg day. If you've got squats in your routine, I like to separate the other muscle builder for a day when I can put 100% into it. Tried both on the same day one time and intensity was a problem.
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    I do mine on back day but it feels like I really should shift them to ass day bc they always leave me feeling like my ass fell off
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    Big compound moves will boost your testosterone and increase overall body mass so even if you are trying to get a massive uper-body or get bigger biceps deadlifts will still help, a great deal. It's also the fact that you are stabilising the weight and holding on to it that will work your arms in their entirety. That said if you want bigger biceps I wouldn't focus on deadlifts but I wouldn't exclude them from your program, the same as I wouldn't exclude squats.
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    For me, my traps and glutes grow the most from them, I wish my hamstrings would hurry up and catch up
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    Big compound moves will boost your testosterone and increase overall body mass so even if you are trying to get a massive uper-body or get bigger biceps deadlifts will still help, a great deal. It's also the fact that you are stabilising the weight and holding on to it that will work your arms in their entirety. That said if you want bigger biceps I wouldn't focus on deadlifts but I wouldn't exclude them from your program, the same as I wouldn't exclude squats.
    Do deadlifts and squats to work their target muscles. Not for some mythical testosterone boost.
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    Originally Posted by mbwest View Post
    Big compound moves will boost your testosterone and increase overall body mass so even if you are trying to get a massive uper-body or get bigger biceps deadlifts will still help, a great deal. It's also the fact that you are stabilising the weight and holding on to it that will work your arms in their entirety. That said if you want bigger biceps I wouldn't focus on deadlifts but I wouldn't exclude them from your program, the same as I wouldn't exclude squats.
    The testosterone boost from squat and deadlift is negligible. I bet watching porn without fapping raise your test level as much as squatting.

    OP, DL works pretty much everything at different degree. Hypertrophy will be noticable in traps, forearm, spinal erectos, butt, hamstring.
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