I find the Kettlebell Deadlift to be a highly effective and useful kettlebell movement for weight-loss and for general fitness. The deadlift hits your larger muscle groups and can get your heart pumping if done with higher reps. Start slow and pay attention to your form!
- It is essential to learn the deadlift before any other Kettlebell movement.
- The deadlift is the foundation of many other kettlebell movements – Swings, Snatch, Dead Cleans.
Execution of the Deadlift:
- Choose a 16kg – 20kg bell to start with.
- Place the bell directly underneath you body.
- Unhinge your hips and push your pelvis back.
- Back should be in a neutral position.
- You should lower yourself enough that your hands can easily reach the bell handle. If your client doesn’t have enough mobility to get into this position properly it’s a good idea to establish mobility before proceeding.
- Stand directly up and make sure to not hyperextend the hips in the top position.
- Pay attention that clients aren’t trying to shrug the bell when standing up, this happens often.
- Set up a progressive lift for your clients once the get more proficient with the deadlift. Start with 16kg and work your way up to 32kg or even double bells.