Personal Trainer Conrad Larsen demonstrates a deadlift. This exercise challenges the muscles in your posterior chain, especially the lower back and hamstrings. When performed properly, a deadlift is one of the best muscle-growing and strength-building moves.









With your feet flat on the floor, bend at the knees and grab the bar with your hands shoulder-width apart. Keep your head in a neutral position by looking forward, with your eyes fixed to a spot on the ground about five feet ahead of you. Keep your chin up so your head stays in the best position for lifting.

With a straight back, lift the bar using your legs while driving your hips forward. Your hips and shoulders should rise at the same rate. Drive upward as explosively as possible.

Pull your shoulders back at the top of the move.

Carefully lower the bar to the ground. Complete 5–10 repetitions. Increase weight as you get stronger. The WAC strength training studios located on the 5th (men) and 7th (women) floors are the perfect place to practice this lift.