It amazes me how many people avoid deadlifts for fear they will hurt themselves.

But it’s a movement you do in everyday life! Why not perfect them in the gym to keep you strong?

How to perfect your deadlift

It’s a full body movement so you need to make sure you’re using your whole body.

People will often stand up and ‘pull’ the bar without engaging the lats.

Or they’ll ‘pull’ the bar without recruiting the legs.

As a qualified fitness coach, Ella has some great tips on how to perfect form and avoid injury.

Here are my three top tips

1. Get tight

Your set up is most important! Get right on that bar starting from the hands.

The tightness you generate by squeezing the bar moves up the arm, to the lats and then to the core, without really needing to think about switching all those muscles on.

So grab the bar and get tight! Bend it around your body.

2. Drive, then pull

Once your set up is locked in. Drive the floor away with your feet.

Once the bar is passed your shin it becomes a pull as you stand up pushing those hips through. So think about pushing the floor away.

3. Back the way you came

The lift isn’t over because you stood up. You have to get that bar back down to the floor.

This is where most injuries tend to happen as people switch off.

Keep the tightness on the bar from the hands as you push your hips back and allow the bar to travel back down the way it came.

Want legs like Ella? Check out her deadlift tips.

If you’d like any more tips on how to perfect movements and avoid injury, find Ella on Instagram and send her a direct message.

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Ella Martyn

Ella Martyn

Meet Ella! She’s a personal trainer, online coach, mentor and fitness competitor who aims to inspire and empower women.

Also competing in bodybuilding, she took out first place at the 2016 Gold Coast WBFF Show in the Tall Diva Fitness Model category.

As her love for education grows, Ella's passion for helping other female personal trainers has grown too. She mentors female personal trainers in an online program Females In Fitness to help them succeed and become leaders in the fitness industry.