Smith Deadlift

Practical Usage

Incorporate this exercise into the routine of your choice with the upcoming ExRx app. Or use the workout creation guide for an evidence-based do-it-yourself approach.

Smith Deadlift


Utility: Basic
Mechanics: Compound
Force: Pull



Stand with shoulder width or narrower stance with feet flat beneath bar. Grasp bar with shoulder width or slightly wider mixed grip or slightly wider. Disengage bar by rotating bar back.


Squat down to lower bar by bending hips and knees. Lift bar by extending hips and knees to full extension. Pull shoulders back at top of lift if rounded. Return and repeat.


Throughout lift, keep hips low, shoulders high, arms and back straight. Keep bar close to body to improve mechanical leverage. See Smith Deadlift under Gluteus Maximus. Also see Deadlift Analysis.

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