When it comes to women and fitness, weights have often been looked at as a poor choice that can result in you looking big or bulky. You need testosterone (which we ladies don’t produce) in your body to get big gains so this myth, for the most part, has been dispelled, but many women still shy away from a few exercises and the deadlift is one of them.
Even if you don’t have a gym membership you can do this exercise in the comfort of your own home. You can easily purchase home gym equipment such as a weight bar or weight bag and use it at your convenience.
Let’s look at some reasons why the deadlift should be part of your routine.
- Strength and Conditioning
Deadlifts are great for strength and conditioning, because as long as you are lifting with the correct technique there will not be any negative impacts on your joints. Many women who have knee issues when it comes to performing squats will often have no trouble performing a deadlift.
The posterior muscles you build during this exercise can work to stabilise your joints further over time which will increase your comfort during your workout routines.
- Help Correct Your Pelvic Tilt
It’s our given right as women to love a great pair of heels, but high heels can wreak havoc on a woman’s pelvis. The height of heels can result in an unhealthy back overarch in your lumbar region, resulting in dominant quads and tight hips. Your quad muscles and hips are used throughout the day and this makes the problem much worse.
By working your glutes and hamstrings, deadlifts can balance out that forward momentum of your pelvis which is caused by women wearing heels long-term.
- Deadlifts Make You Lean and Mean
The deadlift uses the biggest muscle groups in the human body – your legs, glutes, and upper back. This results in a huge calorie burn both during and after your workout. Did you know lifting weights helps you to burn calories for up to 24 hours post workout? So if you are trying to get fit, strong, and lean the deadlift is a great exercise for you. The squat will come close, but it also requires more skill to avoid injuring your joints and as mentioned can be difficult for women who have existing knee problems especially when doing loaded squats.
Don’t be afraid to try new things when it comes to your fitness. Speak to your local gym professionals or a trainer to make sure you are getting things right. Incorporating strength building exercises into your current cardio and stretching routines will see your fitness and muscular endurance increase. Try it, you won’t be sorry.
Anna Johnson works for CardiotTech and enjoys working on her fitness through a number of different means. Mixing up your workouts and making things fun will keep you coming back for more.