Deadlift Part 1: Let's Talk About Deadlifts

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Deadlift Part 1: Let’s Talk About Deadlifts

Deadlifting, while being a fundamental exercise for strengthening the body, gets a bad rap. For my powerlifters, Olympic lifters, and Crossfit athletes, deadlifting is a usual and important part of training. But for my people who don’t regularly weight train, or my artistic athletes living a life of body weight conditioning all day every day, the deadlift often remains an elusive enigma of an exercise. So let’s break it down, what is a deadlift, why does it get a bad reputation, and how can we incorporate it into training to benefit the artistic athlete?
What is the Deadlift? Image from “Deadlift” is just a fancy name for a hip hinge, i.e. one of our bodies’ basic movement patterns of bending and extending at the hip. Reaching down to pick up groceries, that’s a hip hinge; bending to pick up that heavy amazon package and bring it into your house, that’s a hip hinge; rearranging furniture in your work-from-home space, you probably hip hinged!! While there are tons of variations on a deadlift that you can train in the gym, the ultimate goal of each of them is strengthening the body’s posterior chain i.e. lats, low back, glutes, hamstrings, and c...
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Yasmine Mucher

From Toronto, Ontario, Yasmine Mucher is a provisionally certified Athletic Therapist, Registered Kinesiologist, and CSEP Certified Personal Trainer. She started training in circus arts 2008, specializing in all things trapeze. This sparked her love and curiosity for the capabilities of the human body, but pain and injury exposed to her the lack of research and knowledgeable practitioners in the area of circus arts and the needs of the artistic athlete’s body. Graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology from Dalhousie University in 2017, and an Advanced Certificate in Athletic Therapy from Mount Royal University in 2020, throughout her education and thereafter, Yas worked as a circus performer and coach for people of all ages, applying scientifically informed methods to her own and her clients’ training and reaping the results.