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How to Set Up for Deadlift With Dumbbells

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author image Joshua McCarron
Joshua McCarron has been writing both online and offline since 1995. He has been employed as a copywriter since 2005 and in that position has written numerous blogs, online articles, websites, sales letters and news releases. McCarron graduated from York University in Toronto with a bachelor's degree in English.
How to Set Up for Deadlift With Dumbbells
How to Set Up for Deadlift With Dumbbells Photo Credit David Stevenson/Demand Media

The deadlift is a full-body exercise usually performed with a heavy barbell, but it can also be done with dumbbells. Using dumbbells for a deadlift may feel a bit different, as the stronger half of your body isn’t able to compensate for the weaker half like it can with a barbell. The setup for a dumbbell deadlift differs slightly from a barbell, but the lift itself is basically the same.

Step 1

How to Set Up for Deadlift With Dumbbells
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Hold two dumbbells at your sides with your palms facing in.

Step 2

How to Set Up for Deadlift With Dumbbells
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Adjust your footing so your feet are in line with your shoulders, your back is straight and your core muscles are tight.

Step 3

How to Set Up for Deadlift With Dumbbells
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Move the dumbbells in front of your thighs, so your palms face your thighs as if you’re holding a regular barbell.

Step 4

How to Set Up for Deadlift With Dumbbells
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Bend your knees to lower the weight to the floor with a straight back, looking ahead with your butt out. Keep your arms straight and pause for a second at the bottom before you stand back up.

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