Oh, did you think that there was only one type of deadlift? I used to think the same thing until I expanded my lifting a bit, due to a nagging leg problem. Whenever I get ready to have a deadlift set up the traditional way, I always get an annoying pain that runs down my left leg. I know that it might seem odd but I can never shake that pain. I was watching television when I came across a recent Tapout commercial. Do you know how they say that inspiration can strike at the oddest time? As it turns out, I was watching the commercial and saw a wrestler trying out a different type of deadlift. I was sitting there thinking that I should definitely have variations of deadlifts to use in my workouts. Therefore, I decided to look into the different types of deadlifts that are out there. Deadlifting is one of the most beneficial exercises that you can do since it hits so many different parts of the body.
Wide Grip Deadlift: For me, this one is super difficult. The trick to successfully performing this lift is to keep your arms wide while your legs are close together. Sounds difficult already, right? However, if you can master this exercise, you are doing the kind of stuff that Olympians do, good job! This deadlift is better suited to those who have compelted the traditional form of this exercise before.
Romanian Deadlift: This type of lift is focused on keeping the back as straight as you can. The rotation during this exercise comes from your midsection, not the legs or back. I have always had a sensitive lower back so this lift aggrivates it. However, there are many people who enjoy the Romanian or stiff legged deadlift. I have no idea why this lift is named after Romania.
Deadlifts with a Trap Bar: This is my all time favorite way to to the dreaded deadlift. I’ve always had a problem keeping my balance with a traditional deadlift in that it throws my balance off. Whenever I rise from the floor, it always feel like I want to lean forward which would make me fall over. Having a trap bar means you perform the deadlift with your hands at your sides. Call me crazy but this type of deadlifting feels a little more natural to how I would actually pick something up in a real life situation. I think that everyone should try the trap bar deadlift at least once.
In closing, there are several types of awesome deadlifts that you can try. The wide grip deadlift is amazing for those who are experienced enough to try it. Some will prefer the Romanian deadlift. As long as you can keep your back and legs straightened, many have had success with this type of lift. Using a trap bar can be a great option for getting a deadlift done the right way, if you prefer it. No matter what type of lifting you plan on doing, be sure that you are practicing the right way to do these exercises. I would always suggest starting out with the traditional deadlift, as this is the most well known and easiest way to learn. If you are stumped as to how to do this exercise by yourself, consider having someone spot you.