The deadlift might just be the king of all weight training exercises.
Yeah, we said it.
Think about it. How often in real life do you lie on your back and push
weight off your chest? How often do you place a load on your back and
move up and down with it?
Now, how often do you lift something up off the ground? All the time,
right? So while the bench press and the squat are obviously great exercises,
they’re nowhere near as “natural” or (dare we say it?) functional as
the deadlift. So it just makes sense to include the deadlift in your
You knew that, huh?
Okay, so let’s take that a step further. The most natural and foundational
movement the human body can perform is… walking. So why not combine
it with deadlifting?
Well, that’s just what Chad Waterbury did when he introduced us to the
Deadlift Walk. Waterbury uses this exercise to give his athletes and
clients total body strength and development. Performed correctly, it’s vicious.
Here’s how to do it:
1. Find yourself a power rack that has safety supports with handles
sticking out of the front. You’re going to place the bar here, on the outside of
the rack. (If you don’t have access to a power rack, you can just set
the bar on a bench or a couple of boxes.) The bar should hit you just
below the knees.
2. Load the barbell with approximately 65% of your raw deadlift 1RM.
So, if you can pull 400 without a belt or other gear, load the bar with
3. Now, set the bar on the floor directly in front of the power rack,
about two full steps away. Assume a shoulder-width stance with your grip
outside of your legs. Use a symmetrical pronated grip (palms facing you),
not the mixed powerlifter’s grip.
4. Once you reach lockout, take two steps forward, reset your stance,
and lower the bar onto the supports.
5. As soon as you release muscular tension, re-lift the load, take two
steps backward, stop, reset your stance, and lower to the ground. That’s
one rep, punk. Without resting, begin the next rep. (A 5 x 5 set/rep
scheme would be good here.)
Give this one a shot the next time you want to put your overall development
into overdrive or you’re just hankerin’ for a new challenge in the gym!