Deadlifts is a compound exercise approach, which means the technique targets and strengthens multiple muscle groups in the legs, lower back and core. These are all muscles responsible for posture, which will help keep your shoulders, spine, and hips in alignment. The Olympic barbell is the simplest looking piece of equipment in the gym, but it’s one of the most complex to learn how to use. This bar weighs around 20kg and is able to be loaded with weight plates. It’s used to increase strength by squatting, deadlifting, bench pressing, and overhead pressing. Let’s call these exercises the “Big 4.”
Unless you’re a competitive powerlifter, there’s no need to lift heavy barbells during every workout. But, if you’ve ever asked yourself just how strong you are, a great way to find out is to do a repetition maximum test with an Olympic barbell. If you haven't used the Olympic barbell before, try using it when doing your squats without any added weights, purely focusing on form.