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The Best Workout Move You?re Not Doing - Abc News

PHOTO: A woman practices deadlifts in an undated stock photo. It has huge allover benefits, says Faheem Mujahid, owner and master trainer at Influence Atelier in Miami. Not only does the majority of the exercise isolate and target the glutes and the hamstrings, but the quadriceps are involved as well, by helping to extend the knee joint. Plus, it is one of the few exercises that works the adductor magnus, which helps provide leg stability. Stock adds: It is particularly useful because it relies heavily on our often forgotten about muscles of the posterior chainthe hamstrings, glutes, and spinal erectors. Ignoring these muscles within an exercise program has potentially dangerous consequences, particularly as we age and for knee health during sports. Lose 10 Inches in 10 Days Effective as they may be, deadlifts can wreak havoc on your back if done incorrectly. The key to getting them right: Really working to engage the transverse abdominis muscles. If thats not happening, all the pressure will hit the spine, which is a big no-no, says Mujahid. When the transverse abs are engaged properly, it automatically engages the thoracic lumbar fascia [muscle in the lower spine] at the same time, which offers spine protection. How do you know if youve got a handle on your core?
Full story: http://abcnews.go.com/Health/best-workout-move-youre/story?id=28281275

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