Adding strength-training exercises to your fitness routine is beneficial, even if you don't have ambitions of being the next Arnold Schwarzenegger. Strengthening your muscles improves your health in many ways. The deadlift is a strength-training exercise that you can typically perform with a barbell, but also a pair of dumbbells or a weight machine. The correct execution of this exercise involves more than a dozen muscles, including the important erector spinae group of your back.
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Your Back and Beyond
Your erector spinae muscles are the target of the barbell deadlift exercise. These muscles have three heads and contribute to a series of neck and back movements. The erector spinae runs vertically from the sacrum of your lower back to your skull. Although the deadlift exercise targets the erector spinae, it also strengthens your gluteus maximus, quadriceps, calves, hamstrings, trapezius, rhomboids, abdominals and obliques.