What Can Happen If You Don't Deadlift Properly

The deadlift is one of the most popular exercises you will encounter in the gym. And there are plenty of reasons that it has become such a popular exercise. There are few lifts that build as much muscle mass as the correctly performed deadlift. However, notice that we are speaking about the correctly performed version, not an incorrectly performed version. Because, just like there are few lifts that do as much, there are also few lifts where there is such potential for it to go wrong. Here is what can happen.


Your Lifts Will Plateau

If you are not lifting correctly, then your lifts will plateau. This means that you won't be able to add more weight to the bar. Not adding more weight is indicative of failing to get stronger. You really need to lift correctly, otherwise you will stagnate. If your stance is wrong, you will either develop the wrong lifts  or else injure yourself. So, let's discuss these two problems.

You Will Not Develop The Correct Muscles

If the stance is wrong, then you might be pulling with the wrong muscles. The lift should focus on your quads and back. However, some people lift with a bad form and stress their lower back and don't put enough stress into their quads, glutes and upper back. The form dictates which muscles are used, and therefore it's important to make sure you have proper form lest you end up with asymmetrical muscle growth.

Injuries: Spinal Problems and Potential Surgery

The major problem with bad form is that you can injure your back, in particular your spine. This can result in a blown disc and this is something that you won't be able to heal by resting and laying off the lift. If you have been lifting incorrectly, and have been bending your back, then you might already have damaged your spine and discs. This might result in pain that you have tried to ignore. This is the worst thing you can do. What you should do is head to an orthopedic specialist and have them take a look at your back. They can determine the best course of action. You might need to have spinal surgery to relieve the stress and pressure on the bad disc. It's best to catch these issues ahead of time when you are addressing proper form because if you wait until the pain is obvious, then you will need to visit a spinal doctor for consultation.