Deadlifts: Scientific Benefits for your Health

Written by: Brendan Rigby (Accredited Exercise Physiologist)

Deadlifts are a compound strength exercise that offer a wide range of scientific benefits for overall health and fitness. Strength training is a vital competent to your exercise routine: and is important for the health, wellbeing and longevity for everyone across the lifespan.

One strength training exercise has especially been shown to have an enormous benefit for people of all age groups; and with a multitude of conditions and specific health needs.

Known as the Deadlift: the scientific literature has shown that this strength training exercise is a must for you to include into your exercise program.


What is a Deadlift?

A deadlift is a weightlifting exercise that primarily targets the muscles of the lower back, hips, glutes, and legs. It is considered one of the fundamental compound movements in strength training and powerlifting. The deadlift involves lifting a loaded barbell or other weighted object from the ground to a standing position.

What are the Benefits of a Deadlift?

Here are some of the key scientific benefits of incorporating deadlifts into your workout routine:

1) Full-Body Strength

Deadlifts engage multiple major muscle groups, including the hamstrings, gluteals, lower back, upper back, traps, forearms, and the core musculature.  Due to the vast number pf muscles engaged in the Deadlift: this makes it an excellent exercise for developing overall full-body strength.

2) Muscle Growth

Deadlifts stimulate muscle growth due to the heavy loads and multi-joint movements involved. The stress placed on various muscle groups during deadlifts can lead to hypertrophy, helping to increase muscle size and definition.

3) Improved Posture and Core Stability

Deadlifts require maintaining a neutral spine throughout the movement. This promotes good posture and core stability by engaging the muscles that support the spine. Over time, this can contribute to better alignment and reduced risk of back pain.

4) Increased Bone Density

Deadlifts are a weight-bearing exercise, which can help improve bone density and reduce the risk of osteoporosis. The load placed on the bones during deadlifts stimulates bone remodeling and growth.

5) Enhanced Grip Strength

Deadlifts challenge grip strength significantly, especially when lifting heavier weights. Improved grip strength can have functional benefits in daily activities and other exercises.

6) Hormonal Response

Compound exercises like deadlifts, when performed with heavy weights, can lead to an increase in hormonal production. This includes the release of testosterone and growth hormone, which play important roles in muscle growth and overall health.

7) Metabolic Boost

Deadlifts are demanding on the body’s energy systems, leading to an increased metabolic rate. This can contribute to greater calorie burning both during and after the workout, supporting weight management and fat loss.

8) Functional Fitness

Deadlifts mimic real-life movements like picking up objects from the ground, making them highly functional exercises that improve your ability to perform everyday tasks safely and efficiently.

9) Injury Prevention

Strengthening the muscles involved in deadlifts, especially the lower back and core, can contribute to better spinal stability and reduce the risk of injuries during other activities.

10) Neuromuscular Coordination

Performing deadlifts requires coordination between various muscle groups and the nervous system. Over time, this can lead to improved neuromuscular coordination, which can enhance overall athletic performance and movement efficiency.

11) Flexibility and Mobility

Proper deadlift form requires a degree of flexibility and mobility in the hips, hamstrings, and ankles. Regular deadlift training can contribute to improved range of motion in these areas.

12) Cardiovascular Benefits

While not a traditional cardiovascular exercise, deadlifts engage a large amount of muscle mass and elevate heart rate. This can have cardiovascular benefits and contribute to improved overall endurance.


To maximize the benefits and reduce the risk of injury when undertaking the deadlift; it is essential to learn and practice proper deadlift technique.

If you’re new to deadlifting or strength training in general, we advise that you seek assistance from an Accredited Exercise Physiologist to ensure you’re using correct form and appropriate weights for your skill (and strength) level.

In some instances, it is important that you build up to performing the deadlift to ensure your capable of undertaking the Deadlift correctly; and therefore unlock the many health benefits of this incredible exercise.

The team of Accredited Exercise Physiologists at Inspire Fitness and Exercise Physiology are here to assist you to unlock the health benefits of Strength Training for your health and fitness.  If you are ready to make an appointment you can call our Exercise Physiology team on 9857 3007 to organise an Initial Assessment and get started today!