It builds your lats, spinal erectors, hamstring, glutes, forearms, traps and other muscles. Unlike the squat, the deadlift comes with a shorter range of motion (ROM) and places a higher emphasis on the hamstrings than the quads. With a little creativity, you can hit your legs pretty hard by doing only deadlifts.
Likewise, people ask, do deadlifts work legs?
The deadlift is a strength exercise that works several muscle groups, including your back, glutes and legs. It is one of only a handful of exercises that target muscles in the upper and lower body. Performing a deadlift with good form is imperative to reduce the risk of injury, particularly to the low back.
Do deadlifts and squats do the same thing?
Squats will hit your quads, glutes and to a lesser extent hamstrings (out of the big muscle groups). Deadlifts will put a much bigger focus on your hamstrings, but will also engage your quads and glutes. The deadlift and squat are essentially two versions of the same movement, standing up.
Are deadlifts good for your back?
Instead, heavy deadlifts activate and strengthen the entire girdle of core muscles, creating internal pressure that immobilizes the spine. This is unique to very heavy exercises such as the deadlift and squat, and is essential for creating the strength to prevent lower back pain.