As I’ve mentioned before everyone should be incorporating some type of deadlifting into their training programs. There might not be an exercise that is more “functional” than the deadlift. On top of that you are training a boat load of muscle groups and strength qualities at once: the glutes, the hamstrings, the upper back, grip strength and shoulder stabilization just to name a few.
The other great thing about deadlifting is that there are plenty of variations out there that can be used to fit each indidviudal and each situation such as: single leg deadlifts, barbell deadlifts, trap bar deadlifts, sumo deadlifts, suitcase deadlifts and this week’s Exercise of the Week, the kettlebell deadlift.
The kettlebell deadlift is a nice exercise to use when you’re first introducing deadlifting into your training. The placement of the kettlebell makes for a short lever arm which in turn is going to take some stress from the lower back, especially for those who have poor hip mobility. The kettlebell deadlift is also a nice exercise to help teach the kettlebell swing. It’s actually an exercise I would make sure a client can do right before we are going to start swinging a kettlebell around. If you can not deadlift a kettlebell you should be swinging a kettlebell.
Here’s my client, Denise, executing a pretty solid kettlebell deadlift.