Deadlift To Overhead

Dani de la Cruz

Dani de la Cruz

Co-Founder & Trainer

Deadlift to Overhead is a compound exercise that targets multiple muscle groups, including the legs, back, shoulders, and arms. It involves lifting a weight from the floor and raising it overhead in one continuous motion. Here's a description of how to perform the Deadlift to Overhead exercise:

  1. Starting position: Stand with your feet hip-width apart and the barbell placed on the floor in front of you. The barbell should be centered with your feet.

  2. Proper grip: Bend your knees and hinge at the hips to grip the barbell with an overhand grip, slightly wider than shoulder-width apart. Your palms should face towards your body.

  3. Lifting the barbell: Keep your back straight and core engaged as you drive through your heels, extending your legs and lifting the barbell off the floor. Maintain a neutral spine and avoid rounding your back.

  4. Transition to the overhead position: As the barbell reaches hip level, explosively extend your hips, knees, and ankles, using the momentum to pull the barbell upwards. As the barbell rises, simultaneously pull it towards your upper chest, bending your elbows and bringing your forearms underneath the barbell.

  5. Pressing the barbell overhead: Once the barbell reaches chest level, quickly push it overhead by extending your arms fully. Lock out your elbows and stabilize the weight overhead.

  6. Lowering the barbell: With control, reverse the movement by bringing the barbell back down to the chest and then to the floor. Bend your hips and knees while maintaining a neutral spine to lower the barbell safely.

  7. Repeat: Perform the exercise for the desired number of repetitions, maintaining proper form and control throughout each repetition.

Important tips and considerations:

  • Focus on maintaining a strong and stable core throughout the movement.

  • Keep your shoulders back and down, avoiding shrugging or rounding forward.

  • Engage your glutes and hamstrings as you lift the weight off the floor.

  • Use an appropriate weight that challenges you while allowing you to maintain proper form.
  • Warm up before attempting heavy lifts to prepare your muscles and joints.

  • If you're new to this exercise, consider working with a qualified fitness professional to ensure you're performing it correctly and safely.

Remember to listen to your body and work within your capabilities. If you experience any pain or discomfort during the exercise, stop immediately and consult a fitness professional or healthcare provider.

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