You’ve heard it a thousand times! “Lift with your legs, not with your back.”
And it makes perfect sense if you’re at work or in the garage lifting an awkward-sized
case, because you don’t know exactly how much it weighs. You would probably a little off balance, or on one leg trying to clean out the back of the closet. Or you’re in a hurry to move this bulky object because someone is waiting on you…. There are a ton of unknown variables, so YES! ABSOLUTELY! In this situation, “Lift with your legs, not with your back.”
BUT….here in the gym, those “unknown variables” don’t exist. You are in complete control of what’s going on. You know exactly where the barbell is, you know exactly how much it weighs, and you’re doing this lift in a specific way, and for a specific reason:
You are trying to strengthen those muscles in your back.
That’s right! We DO want you to LIFT WITH YOUR BACK!
If that scares you, then keep reading. （╹◡╹）
The beautiful thing about barbell deadlifts is that we can strengthen your back muscles in a very controlled way…and a stronger back is MUCH LESS likely to get injured!
Of course, proper form is important! And that’s what we are here for. Our Coaches at BootHeel CrossFit teach you proper form, and INSIST that you start slowly so that you can build strength over time.
We are all in this for the long haul. Our goal is to build strength in our bodies so that we can age gracefully. Stronger muscles and well-trained movement patterns will keep us moving well into our 60s, 70s, 80s, 90s…etc….
The deadlift is one of your most valuable tools to PREVENTING future back injuries. So don’t avoid it. Be smart about it, use it wisely, and it will be VERY effective and safe.
Find a good Coach to teach you. We’ve got several great ones here at BootHeel CrossFit