Why bother to learn to deadlift? Quite simply, it’s one of the most effective exercises for developing the pure strength that leads to bodily size and athleticism. Since it’s a full-body movement that uses a lot of muscle mass, the deadlift also builds total-body muscle

It’s one of the few lifts that directly targets the hamstrings, a group of muscles often overlooked in the weight room

It also works your glutes, lats (upper back), and core.

This lift also improves posture. We live most of our lives focusing on the front of our bodies, ignoring our rears. In turn, we develop bodily frames without balance, leading to a host of postural issues—hunched shoulders and weak backs, for example.

Deadlifting reintroduces us to our body’s backside—the hamstrings, glutes, and back. Posterior training balances the body, helping us stand taller and with greater strength.

In short, deadlifting will build muscle, improve your posture and give you balanced full-body strength.