During the deadlift, your quadriceps play a limited role and only function as knee extensors. Their role decreases as you move to a standing position. The lats, on the other hand, play a major role, stabilizing your torso and shoulder girdle. The lats are also responsible for achieving a solid pull during the deadlift. Here’s a breakdown of how the muscles involved in the deadlift work:
Exercises that work multiple muscle groups at once
The most effective workout routines incorporate exercises that target several muscle groups at once. The human body is made up of six major muscle groups. Single-muscle training isn’t the best way to build lean muscles, and it can also result in muscle imbalance and increased risk of injury. When it comes to muscle building, however, six major muscle groups are required for a well-balanced physique. There are also separate workouts for each muscle group, and this can help people avoid overtraining.
Functions of the glutes
The glutes are an integral part of the body. They support the lower back, and if you don’t strengthen them properly, your body will find other muscles to perform this function. However, your helper muscles weren’t made to replace the glutes, so overusing them can cause pain and compression in your lumbar spine. To strengthen your glutes, you can add a couple of exercises to your workout regimen.
Targeting of the lats
During the upward phase of a deadlift, the lats are essential in keeping the bar close to the body. The lats are also involved in stabilizing the upper body during deadlifts, as excessive rounding can lead to problems locking out the lift or even preventing it from reaching the floor. Therefore, focusing on training the lats in a deadlift workout is a crucial part of improving the overall quality of the exercise.
Activation of the erector spinae
The erector spinae are responsible for the peak hip joint moment, which is important for maintaining a rigid spine during the ascent phase. Activation of these muscles is influenced by several factors, including the starting position and relative load. During the study, the participants wore weightlifting shoes. They were also asked to keep in mind their muscular goals when adjusting the starting position.
Power characteristics of the deadlift
The power characteristics of the muscles deadlift have been studied by O’Reilly, Whelan, Delahunt, and Keinanen. These researchers analyzed the biomechanics of the deadlift and studied the effect of the exercise on the body’s free amino acid pool and muscle protein balance. These results were published in the journal Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise. Recently, research on the biomechanics of the deadlift has also been published by Sanz-Lopez and Hita-Contreras.