Many coaches in a variety of disciplines will swear almost soly by deadlifts as long as strength is concerned. I love that quote!
Elliott Hulse: Deadlifts. If there's only one thing that everyone does, it's deadlifts. When you deadlift, you're using every single muscle in your body, and you have to use every single muscle properly in order to perform the deadlift. Deadlifts are not one of those exercises where you can fake it for very long. The minute you get down to put your hands on that bar, you don't even have to lift it, I know where you're screwed up. I can tell if your ankles are tight, if your low back is weak, or if your neck is tense and tight. I can tell you anything you need to know about your body the minute you bend down to touch that bar to pick it up. And once you can get your deadlift looking good—and it doesn't even need to be heavy—and when you can move in a proper pattern, then everything is where it needs to be and the sky is the limit.
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