Today, I achieved a personal fitness goal. I deadlifted 200 pounds.
If you don’t lift weights, you’re probably wondering what the hell I’m talking about or why this is a big deal.
Well, let me you what it is, correction, show you. I found this video on YouTube that’s a pretty good overview; I used the mixed grip he demonstrates, for me, that’s really helped me increase my weight.
The deadlift is a beast of an exercise. It works your hamstrings, your back and your core. Looking to build up your booty? This will help.
On the flip side, here’s a video of what NOT to do. Please don’t try this at home, or the gym, or your friend’s basement. Seriously, you could get hurt. I cringe just watching it.
I don’t know exactly what it is about the deadlift that I like so much. Maybe it’s because it feels safer than the squat. Less stress on the knees definitely. And there’s something about picking up a bar with a lot of weight on it and feeling my muscles work. It’s indescribable and I love it.
I’ve lifted weights for many years, but it’s just been in the last couple that I’ve aimed to lift more weight. And one of my goals was a 200 pound deadlift.
I should tell you I’m not a serious bodybuilder, i.e., I’ve never done a competition, unlikely I ever will. I lift for strength, to get and stay strong. I’ve tried various ways to stay in shape: Yoga, martial arts, Pilates, aerobics, running, but no matter what else I’ve tried, weightlifting has been a constant, a fitness staple, just like eggs or potatoes are within a diet.
I can’t get over how satisfying it was to hit this target. I appreciate just how strong my body is and what it can do. Now, though, I need to start thinking of my next target deadlift weight. Maybe 300 pounds by the end of the year? Okay, by the end of 2016 then.