- With barbell on blocks, position feet shoulder width or slightly
narrower beneath bar. Squat down and grasp bar with shoulder
width or slightly wider overhand or mixed grip.
- Lift bar by extending hips and knees to full extension. Pull
shoulders back at top of lift if rounded. Return and repeat.
- Throughout lift, keep hips low, shoulders high, arms and
back straight. Knees should point same direction as feet throughout
movement. Keep bar close to body to improve mechanical leverage.
Grip strength and strength endurance often limit ability to perform
multiple reps at heavy resistances. Gym chalk, wrist straps,
grip work, and mixed grip can be used to enhance grip. Mixed
grip indicates one hand holding with overhand grip and other
hand holding with underhand grip.
- Barbell Block Pull emphasizes mid portion of Deadlift
and allows more weight to be used while sparing leg involvement.
2" (5 cm), 4" (10 cm), 6" (15 cm), or higher can
- Target muscle is exercised isometrically.
Heavy barbell deadlifts significantly engages Latissmus
Dorsi. Movement can be used interchangeably with Barbell
Rack Pull. See Barbell
Block Pull under Gluteus Maximus. Also see Deadlift
Target (see comments)