Thought Deadlifts Couldn't Get Any Harder? Try These Full-Body Variations That Prove Otherwise
Squats, lunges, curls, presses: as satisfying as it is to burn out one muscle group at a time, going one by one can also make for a looong workout. Short on time? Make it a compound movement by pulling a couple of upper-body moves together in combination with a deadlift, one of the best fat-burning, muscle-building exercises around.
"Any upper-body move paired with a deadlift is a good total-body move," Karena Dawn of Tone It Up told POPSUGAR, suggesting deadlifts with a press or curl. The combination move fires up your glutes and hamstrings, then your arms and shoulders, as you engage and strengthen your core to stabilize.
We've gathered four effective compound deadlift exercises so you can grab two dumbbells (here's a guide on choosing the right weight) and hop right in. Choose a move or two, and add two to three sets to any workout that just doesn't feel challenging enough; after a few reps, you'll be panting too hard to complain!