Proper warm-up for deadlift

by Nordic Training Gear 3 min read

Deadlift is one of the most complex and effective strength training exercises available. Proper warm-up for this lift can enhance your performance, reduce the risk of injury, and prepare both body and mind for the upcoming exertion. Here's a comprehensive article on how to best warm up for deadlift.

The purpose of warming up for deadlift

To effectively perform deadlift, the body needs to be prepared on several levels. The warm-up aims to:
  • Increase muscle temperature, making the muscles more elastic and reducing the risk of injury.
  • Boost blood flow to the active muscles.
  • Enhance nerve-muscle coordination, enabling the muscles to work more effectively together.
  • Prepare the mind for the upcoming exertion.

General vs. specific warm-up for deadlift

A good warm-up routine should include both general and specific warm-up:
  • General warm-up aims to raise body temperature and can include lighter cardiovascular exercises like running, rowing, or cycling for 5‚Äď10 minutes.
  • Specific warm-up targets the muscles and movement patterns that will be used in the specific exercise - in this case, deadlift.

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Dynamic stretching before deadlift

After the general warm-up, you can transition to dynamic stretching. This type of stretching involves movement and can help improve mobility in the joints and muscles used in deadlift:
  • Squats: Repeat 10-15 times to warm up the hip and knee joints.
  • Hip circles: Repeat 10 times per leg.
  • Butt kicks: 10 repetitions per leg.
  • Good mornings: With light weight or just body weight to activate the back of the thighs and the lower back.
Proper warm-up for deadlift

Specific warm-up for deadlift

Start with a light weight to gradually acclimate the body to the upcoming load:
  • Perform 2-3 sets of 5-8 repetitions with a weight that's approximately 40-50% of your planned working weight.
  • Gradually increase the weight and reduce the number of reps per set until you reach your working weight.

Activation of the core

Deadlift require a strong and active core (abdomen and lower back) to protect the spine:
  • Plank: Hold for 30 seconds to 1 minute.
  • Side plank: 20-30 seconds on each side.
  • Hollow body hold: 20-30 seconds.

Mental preparation

Before you begin your heavy sets of deadlift, take a few seconds to mentally focus. Deep breaths, visualization of the lift, and a mental review of the technique can help set the right mindset.

Lifting belt: Why and when should you use it?

After going through the optimal warm-up routine for deadlift, it's worth taking a moment to highlight a crucial piece of equipment often associated with this lift: the lifting belt. When used correctly, a lifting belt can offer several benefits:
  1. Increased stability: The belt provides an external source of pressure against the abdomen. By pushing the stomach against the belt during a lift, cylindrical stability is created in the torso, helping stabilize the spine.
  2. Support for the lower back: By increasing intra-abdominal pressure, the belt helps to relieve spinal discs and reduce the strain on the lower back.
  3. Technical feedback: The belt can serve as a reminder to maintain a straight and neutral spine, especially during heavy lifts.
  4. Potential to lift heavier: With increased stability and support, many find they can handle heavier weights with greater confidence when wearing a belt.
  5. Prevention of injuries: While a belt isn't a miracle solution for preventing injuries, combined with proper technique, it can help reduce risks during heavy strength training.
But remember, it's essential to strengthen the core without a lifting belt as well, to develop natural stability and strength. The belt should be seen as a complement during especially heavy lifts or in situations where you're aiming for maximum performance. You can find our range of high-quality lifting belts here.

Summary of proper warm-up for deadlift

Warming up correctly before deadlift is crucial to maximize performance and minimize the risk of injury. By combining general warm-up, dynamic stretching, specific warm-up for deadlift, core activation, and mental preparation, you lay the foundation for a successful and safe training session.
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Max Andrén
Writer & Co-Owner

Max Andrén is a writer and co-owner of Nordic Training Gear
He has a great passion for gym training and training accessories



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