5 Hacks To Improve Your Deadlifting

Unlocking the power: 5 Hacks to enhance your deadlifting technique.

Considered one of the most important exercises in fitness, the Deadlift is a compound movement that targets several major muscle groups. The Deadlift can help build muscle mass, strength, and endurance as part of a comprehensive workout program. Since it simultaneously activates the hamstrings, quadriceps, glutes, calves, core, and back, it’s also great for promoting fat burning.

Are you new to deadlifting? Do you want to take your Deadlift to the next level? Here are several hacks to improve your Deadlift and attain better results.


If you have never deadlifted before, walking before you run is best. We recommend starting with Romanian Deadlifts first. This exercise focuses on the same target muscles while reducing the risk of incorrect form. It also helps to strengthen required muscles and avoid overcompensation.

To perform a Romanian Deadlift:

  1. Hold a barbell or a pair of dumbbells in front of you, resting on your thighs.
  2. Keep your chest up and tighten the core.
  3. Bend the knees and drive your butt back.
  4. Slowly lower the barbell or dumbbells to the ground, keeping them close to your legs.
  5. Pause and return to the starting position once your back is parallel with the ground.

Try using the Romanian Deadlift in your routine for one month, then advance to the traditional barbell deadlift. When you’re ready to start deadlifting, use our deadlifting checklist to perfect your form and technique.


Once you start deadlifting, or if the exercise is already a part of your routine, you can easily improve your Deadlift by checking your stance. More specifically, look at where your feet are. Do you have a wide stance similar to the one you use when squatting?

For a traditional deadlift, your feet should be under your hips. A wide stance is required for a sumo deadlift. Look at the barbell, and you’ll notice two smooth parts in the center. This is where most people can align their feet. If you have wider or narrower hips, adjust accordingly.


You’re only as strong as your weakest point, and for most people, their grip fails long before the hamstrings. If you want to see better results in your Deadlift, you should focus on increasing your grip strength. There are a few essential ways to do this:


Using thicker barbells or dumbbells can dramatically increase your grip strength. You can use thick grips if you don’t have access to thick bar training equipment. Slide on the thick grip to the barbell or dumbbell, and you’ll get the same benefits of thick bar training.


The Farmer’s Walk is an exercise that helps to build muscle, increase core strength, and skyrocket grip strength. Holding a pair of heavy dumbbells, preferably with a thick grip, keep your chest up and core tight as you walk up and down the gym. Do this until your grip fails. Rest and repeat.


With all of the fitness equipment that is available, it can be tempting to use something like lifting straps. By using lifting straps, you’re weakening your grip. Lifting straps should only be used after you have reached a weight threshold where you are not physically capable of holding on to the weight without assistance. Max out your grip strength then use lifting straps if necessary.


You should avoid using a weightlifting belt for most workouts like lifting straps. Unless you’re a serious powerlifter with plenty of experience, you should focus on building raw strength and power. One of the most common weightlifting belt mistakes is using one before you need to.

Despite popular belief, you use a weightlifting belt as a piece of support for your abdominal wall to push on. The weightlifting belt is not for your back. Strengthening and fortifying your abdominal wall before using a weightlifting belt, especially for the deadlift exercise.

The Deadlift requires a high level of core strength as you start from the ground in a bent position and then hinging to the top of the movement. The core is involved every step of the way. Performing the Deadlift without a belt can help to increase core strength and lean muscle tissue.

Once you have maxed out your raw strength without a belt, consider using one for heavy-weight, low-repetition sets.


You have great form, you’ve ditched the lifting straps and weightlifting belt, and your grip strength is at an elite level; now, all you have to do is be consistent.

One of the best ways to improve your Deadlift is to practice it consistently. If you’re not a powerlifter, you should be incorporating your Deadlift into two workouts per week. You can change up the amount of weight and sets you use, but the idea is to deadlift twice per week.

Here’s a quick deadlifting workout format to follow each week:

  • Day One (Example: Monday): Lift heavy: 5 to 10 sets of 1 to 5 repetitions
  • Day Two (Example Thursday): Lift light: 3 to 6 sets of 6 to 15 repetitions

This is an idea you can apply to other muscle groups as well, depending on your fitness goals. Read more about how often you should lift to build muscle.


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