Primal humans were naturally strong. Their ability to survive depended on their physical fitness to fulfill the basic necessities of life. Food. Water. Shelter…
Motivated by the drive to survive, primal humans had no choice but to exert their bodies against the forces of nature. The physical world required them to lift, squat, push, pull and carry their bodies against the forces of gravity. Physical strength was a requirement for staying alive.
Nowadays, you may not need to climb a tree or lift a deer carcass, but you should be able to carry your groceries or hold your child. Just like your ancestors, you too need sufficient strength to lift, squat, push, pull and carry objects of daily life.
You need a certain level of baseline body weight strength, but what exercises do you do?
Well, to be a beast at basic human function, you must master the natural movement patterns primitive humans did every day.
Primal Strength Movement #1 DEADLIFT
The deadlift gets its name from the act of lifting a dead-weight object from the ground. It can be any object. Heavy or light, the movement mechanics are the same.
Commonly practiced in the powerlifting community, the deadlift is often called “The King of Strength Movements” because it engages all muscles of the body from your hands to your heels. Fully engaging the powerful muscles of the hips, back and legs allow you to lift heavy objects safely and successfully.
When done correctly, the deadlift can be the single best exercise for building full body strength. However, if done incorrectly, or poorly executed, this movement can result in severe pain or permanent injury.
But the risk is not only when lifting heavy objects, but is also present everytime you bend over, whether picking up an object or not.
This is why mastering the deadlift movement pattern is so critically important and why you need to learn and master the deadlift movement pattern.
How to DEADLIFT
The most important part of any lift is your spine positioning. When exerting the body, neutral spine positioning protects and preserves your back.
Learn and practice your neutral spine position by reading here.
Once achieving neutral spine with using the stick on your back, hold the stick infront of your legs keeping the stick in contact with your legs. This trains you to keep the object close to your body when deadlifting.
Once able to do the deadlift movement pattern without resistance, add light weight and practice the movement with proper lifting mechanics.
Applying these techniques throughout your day will keep your body happy and healthy for years to come.