Deadlift with Barbell

Deadlift with Barbell

The deadlift with Barbell is a compound exercise that targets multiple muscle groups, primarily the hamstrings, glutes, lower back, and forearms. Here are step-by-step instructions for performing the deadlift with a barbell:

Video Instructions On How To Do Barbell Deadlifts


  1. Barbell Placement: Begin by approaching the barbell with your feet hip-width apart. The bar should be over the middle of your feet. The distance between your feet will depend on your body proportions, but a good starting point is to have your shins about an inch away from the bar.
  2. Grip: Bend at your hips and knees to lower your body, and grip the barbell with both hands. The grip can be either double overhand (both palms facing you) or mixed grip (one palm facing you, one palm facing away). Ensure your hands are slightly wider than shoulder-width apart.
  3. Hand Placement: For a double overhand grip, your hands should be just outside of your knees. If you’re using a mixed grip, one hand will be inside your knees, and the other outside.


  1. Body Position: Lower your hips and bend your knees until your shins touch the bar. Keep your chest up, back straight, and shoulders pulled back. Your spine should maintain a neutral position throughout the lift.
  2. Lift-off: Take a deep breath, engage your core, and stand up by straightening your hips and knees simultaneously. Keep the bar close to your body as you lift. The movement should be initiated by pushing through your heels and driving your hips forward.
  3. Standing Position: At the top of the lift, stand tall with your shoulders back and hips fully extended. Ensure you do not hyperextend your lower back.
  4. Lowering the Bar: To lower the bar, hinge at your hips and push your hips back while keeping a slight bend in your knees. Lower the barbell down your body in a controlled manner.
  5. Repeat: Perform the desired number of repetitions, maintaining proper form.

Key Tips:

  • Keep the bar close to your body throughout the lift to maintain proper mechanics.
  • Engage your core to stabilize your spine.
  • Focus on lifting with your hips and not just your lower back.
  • Do not round your back, as this can increase the risk of injury.

Safety Precautions:

  • Start with a light weight to practice form before progressing to heavier loads.
  • If you have any pre-existing back issues or health concerns, consult with a fitness professional or healthcare provider before attempting deadlifts.

Remember, proper form is crucial to prevent injury and maximize the effectiveness of the deadlift. If you’re new to the exercise, consider seeking guidance from a fitness professional to ensure you’re performing it correctly.