No matter your fitness goals, the one movement that should be a staple in your program is the deadlift. It targets the major muscle groups in the legs (glutes, quadriceps, and hamstrings), along with working your back, shoulders, forearms, and traps.
Below is the most common variation that we use with our clients, the Trap Bar Deadlift. The positioning of the bar helps promote proper posture throughout the movement, which helps reduces the occurrence of lower back injuries.
About the Author
Ryan Lockard, CSCS, CFNS, is the head trainer and founder of Specialty Athletic Training. He is President of the Autism Society of Oregon's Board of Directors and is accredited by the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) as a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist, as well as by the International Sports Science Association (ISSA) as a Certified Fitness Nutrition Specialist. Ryan has worked with individuals with special needs since 2007 and has over 10,000 hours of 1:1 instruction working with individuals that have various special needs.