While most people are referring to conventional barbell deadlifts when they mention the deadlift, there are a slew of great deadlift variations to choose from, and different variations work better for different people based on their goals, injury history, and height/body proportions.
In fact, except for competitive powerlifters, most regular guys just looking to gain strength and size don’t have the mobility to pull from the floor safely. These trainees round their backs and increase risk of injury.
If you’ve had someone look at your form and you’re confident you’re doing conventional deadlifts correctly, then have at it and get strong. But if you’re unsure of your form and/or tend to feel the majority of the stress in your lower back, I’d recommend a variation.
Try these five different deadlift exercises and find out which one is best for getting you super strong.