How do I properly perform a deadlift?

To properly perform a deadlift, it is important to make sure your back is as flat as possible. In this video, Heather Carty, of Memorial Hospital Jacksonville's H.E.A.R.T Fitness Center, explains the proper technique for a deadlift.
To properly perform a deadlift, stand with your feet pointed straight ahead and shoulder-width apart while keeping your knees bent about 5 degrees. Hold barbell or dumbbells in front of your thighs with a grip that's slightly wider than shoulder-width apart.  To begin, slowly bend at waist, lowering the barbell or dumbbells toward the ground while keeping the back flat.  Go as far down as you can without rounding the lower back.  Then squeeze the butt muscles while forcefully pushing down through the heels to lift the barbell or dumbbells until standing fully upright.

Stand with feet straight and shoulder-width apart, knees bent slightly.

Hold barbell in front of thighs with grip slightly wider than shoulder-width apart.

Slowly bent at waist, lowering barbell toward ground; keep back flat.

Squeeze glutes and lift barbell until standing fully upright.

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