People live their whole lives thinking that there are things that just must be done. You must go to school, get married, have children, get rich and die while bitching about everything. Ideas of this type have been carefully placed into our subconscious mind by the so-called “elite” ruling over us.
Very few actually realize that they’ve put quite a lot of belief in concepts built on the basis of mind control and fear. That’s what happens when you invest your faith in human beings. Humans are and will never be the ultimate authority. This is a very simple fact that unfortunately remains unknown and carefully hidden, because if people cared or knew about it – they would at least be talking about it.
It’s the same with the king and queens. Why is another human being allowed to control billions? How is the power of the king justified? Is there anything to back it up other than his bloodline? Is the king chosen after a competition or something? No! There is never a job offer in the newspaper for the important positions that can really make a change. Similar benefits are preserved for the right people because as we all know some are more equal than others.
In the bodybuilding niche people also blindly believe the mainstream authorities. The fact that some gurus say you must deadlift does not actually mean that you would burn in hell, if you don’t. This is true for every single exercise out there.
I can tell you how 99% of the articles on squats and deadlifts start: “Squats and deadlifts are the single most important exercises. They strengthen the entire body and help you pack on mass. To grow like a weed you must do them. If you don’t, you are a pussy.”
As a person who’s done a fair amount of squatting an deadlifting my instant response is: “Yeah, right! Go fuck yourself, hard.”
There is absolutely no need to do deadlifts, even if you’re a powerlifter. It’s a solid exercise with many benefits but it’s just an exercise and nothing more. It can be replaced depending on your goals, injuries, ideas or whatever preferences.
Can you build a big back without deadlifts? Certainly.
Can you build a strong posterior chain with deadlifts? Certainly.
Can you build a strong lower back without deadlifts? Certainly.
Will the deadlift help you overcome the limitations of natural bodybuilding?
So, what is it about the deadlift that makes it so amazing in the eyes of the gurus?
There are two groups of people when it comes to deadlifting – people who hate it and people who love it. Those who love it are usually built to deadlift and can do ridiculous numbers such as 600 lbs at 185 lbs bodyweight. Those who hate it suck at it and generally avoid it. Of course, in this group are also guys who are generally lazy and hate doing hard exercises. They could be even good at the lift but may never know cause they’ve never put serious effort in it. Whatever the case – the idea about whether you should deadlift or not is always subjective.
In my eyes the deadlift has two main benefits – it teaches you how to properly pull which can translate to other exercises and it shows you that the body is capable of much more than you have imagined. However, after a certain period of time those benefits no longer hold true because you are not a beginner, and you have to make your own choice in which direction your training should continue.
Even professional powerlifters don’t deadlift as often as you may think. Some do it 1-2 times a month while counting on exercises like squats, good mornings and other pulls to build their strength. The deadlift is harder to recover from and a heavy attempt when you are really advanced may take 2 whole weeks or more to recover mentally and physically. This is one of the few lifts that beat up the body so bad.
Back in the day when Andy Bolton was setting world records he said that after a heavy attempt he would need 1-2 months to feel recovered which is the reason powerlifters don’t really deadlift that often, although high frequency deadlifts could work for the less advanced natural dudes. The programming has to be intelligent and very specific to your lifestyle, physical structure and goals.
In conclusion, deadlifts are not obligatory. If you like them do, them. If you don’t, do other exercises. However, no matter who you’re, you will benefit from knowing how to deadlift properly. Nobody says you should marry the lift, but being able to execute it correctly will be beneficial for your gym career. Don’t be scared and take the chance. Once you have a base, do whatever you want. As they say: Learn the rules to break them properly.