Are Deadlifts Bad For Your Back?

The deadlift is one of those exercises that have mythical status in the gym. Most people stay away from deadlifts because they’re hard and lifting a lot of weight seems like a responsibility not many are willing to take. Every body can jump around with dumbbells and kettlebells but when it comes to lifting a heavy barbell it all changes. It’s understandable but are deadlifts really that bad for you and your back?

Lamar Gant was one of the best deadlifters in the world and he was born with severe scoliosis.

Lamar Gant was one of the best deadlifters in the world and he was born with severe scoliosis.

Anything can hurt you when it’s done the wrong way.

People hurt themselves from doing all kinds of simple tasks – even just watching TV can hurt you. If you are in a bad position, your back and neck can experience some strain. Not to mention the stress on your eyes and the damage on your soul that occurs after extensive TV consumption.


If you do the deadlift correctly, calmly and without fear, you will be much safer than you think. Of course, you should always respect the exercises because of the heavy weight. However, you should be prudent – not fearful.

The things that make you grow are those which you fear the most.

If people always take the easy way out, there’s not going to be much progress. The higher the fear you have to overcome – the greater the reward. Everybody can lift the pink dumbbells and look at the females running on the treadmills, but it takes higher amount of concentration and dedication to do some real exercises and work in the gym. Be different – get out of the average mindset community.

The only reward you get for behaving like everybody else is that you become just like everybody else. Look around – it doesn’t seem like the best choice.

Train smart!

In order to avoid injuries during the deadlift make sure that you learn the right technique and treat the movement with respect. Don’t go insanely heavy unless you are a powerlifter. If you are lifting for health, there’s no need to do 1 rep max attempts. Maximum attempts may test your strength but they don’t build it. Stick to sets that are at least triples.

Some people were just not born to deadlift. 

The majority of the population can find a way to deadlift safely and efficiently under the right instruction. However, it would be naive to think that everybody can do the exercises safely. There are people with anomalies and other structural problems that may hurt themselves deadlifting. Pushing those people and playing the macho card on them is not an act of honor and you are actually doing them more harm than good. The deadlift may be awesome but it’s still JUST an exercise. You are not chasing demons, nor saving lives by doing deadlifts.

Conclusion: Deadlifting is not bad for your back when you are doing it correctly – with arched back and the chest sticking out. Your programming also has to be smart and you have to be extremely careful not to overtrain when doing deadlifts. They tax the body really hard and when you get really strong it may take up to 2 weeks to fully recover from heavy attempts.

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