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The deadlift is definitely one of the most important lifts you can have in your strength and conditioning program. That said, there are quite a few variations of deadlifts. The one I’m going to show you in this video is one of the most overlooked because you may not be able to load it up with weight as much as you can with a more traditional over/under hand grip deadlift.
The suitcase deadlift is a tremendous way to build not only forearm and grip strength but the all important core pillar strength. Lateral trunk stability is one of the most important aspects of stabilization. In fact, since it is so often overlooked when it comes to stability training it may be the most important thing you can do to strengthen your core.
People spend a great deal of time working on planks in an effort to strengthen their anterior and posterior trunk strength. While this is incredibly important, it’s not the only type of stabilization you need if you want to max out on your heavier lifts. Lateral trunk stability is just as critical for avoiding the energy leaks that are known to sap you of your strength when you need it the most on your big lifts.
When you have any weakness in the lateral core muscles, you tend to create a dissipation of power that you generate in your feet during the deadlift. Before you can pass the power onto your arms through the kinetic chain, your weak core provides an outlet for your strength to leave you just when you need it the most.
By incorporating the suitcase deadlift into your routine you can go a long way towards developing a much stronger core. Perform 10 reps on each arm for 3 sets apiece a few times a week and you will be well on your way to getting a much more resilient trunk that can resist the temptation to cave or bend at the moment you want it to be the most rigid and strong.
Not only will this deadlift variation help you to build the necessary strength to perform it better and better each time you do it, but it will help you to get better at the standard deadlift as well for all the reasons stated. Stop overlooking the value of the suitcase deadlift and put it into your training plan as soon as you can.
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