Look for the feeling of pushing the ground away, and all the time with intra-abdominal pressure and the bar close to the body.

Per Olsson, Strength stairs


Time needed: 1 minute.


  1. Find a starting position

    Stand shoulder-wide so you can hold the bar with your arms hanging straight down and outside your knees.
    Squeeze the shoulders together to increase stability.
    The underside of the shoes / feet should touch the floor throughout the lift to increase stability.

  2. Grab the bar

    The most common is reversed grip

  3. Breath in and hold the breath

    One deep breath to create intra-abdominal pressure which gives the back support.

  4. Pull the bar

    Up to a stand up position with the bar hanging towards the thighs.

  5. Stop and/or turn

    One or two second stop creates a higher load in the critical stop, you might need to lower the weights compared to turning up directly.

  6. Lower the bar

    Squeeze the air out between your lips meanwhile.

Common questions

What is deadlift?

Deadlift is a compound exercise in weight lifting

Which muscles is deadlift primarily good for?

Hamstrings, back and the gluteus muscles

What equipment is needed to perform a deadlift?

A bar, weights and collars.

What supplementary exercises can improve the deadlift?

For example Sumo deadlift, Goodmorning lift and Partial deadlift (“Silver dollar deadlift”)

Are there any good tips to perform a deadlift in a safe way?

Keep in good contact the floor and look for the feeling of pushing the floor down.
Lift close to the body to avoid unnecessary momentum
Lift together with someone supporting you so the focus can be on the lift.

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