FeaturesUNDERSTANDING THE DEADLIFT AND ITS VARIATIONSHolmes, Clifton J. M.S.Author Information Clifton J. Holmes, M.S., NSCA-CPT, CSCS, is a Ph.D. student and graduate assistant majoring in exercise science at the University of Alabama where his research focuses on strength training, cardiovascular-autonomic modulation via noninvasive measures, performance testing, body composition assessment, and sport monitoring through measurements of fatigue and recovery. Disclosure: The author declares no conflict of interest and does not have any financial disclosures. ACSM's Health & Fitness Journal: May/June 2020 - Volume 24 - Issue 3 - p 17-23 doi: 10.1249/FIT.0000000000000570 Buy SDC Metrics AbstractIn Brief Apply It! From this article, the reader should: • Understand what the deadlift exercise is and how it can be beneficial for anyone going through a resistance training program; • Gain foundational knowledge about the similarities and differences between deadlift exercise variations; • Be able to avoid the common errors associated with the deadlift exercises in order to stay safe and injury-free; and • Know how to determine which deadlift exercise variation is best for a particular individual. The deadlift is a widely used exercise for increasing strength, while also reducing the risk of knee injury and low back pain. Under proper instruction, the deadlift and its variations can be successfully performed by novice and advanced lifters alike. When choosing which deadlift variation to use, muscle involvement, anthropometrics, and comfort should all be considered. Although each has its advantages, it is important to remember that resistance exercise is not a short-term activity but a lifestyle behavior. Choose the exercise that optimally achieves predetermined goals but can also interchange deadlift variations to avoid plateaus and staleness in training. © 2020 American College of Sports Medicine.