One Amazing Exercise

Whenever you load up a squat or deadlift, especially with weight…your loading your spine! Constant loading and compression over time can become an issue on your back and the rest of your body. Dead Hangs are not just for fairground money making challenges, they actually offer several huge benefits that will carry over to your workouts, general fitness and health.

Improves your grip

We will often prescribe this exercise as a great way to also help with pull ups. The dead hang will work your grip in its entirety from your hands, fingers, wrists and forearms. A strong grip has carry over to nearly all your other exercises, allowing you to hold and control more weight with better form.

Relaxes & Decompresses your spine

Since your entire upper body is stretched in a dead hang, so is your spine. It helps to decompress the back, keeping it aligned with the body by making it straight. A weak back invites many other health problems like neck pain, shoulder ache and inflexibility. This exercise will prevent these from happening. If you’re spinal loading with squats, deadlifts, overhead pressing…a lot, then make sure to do dead hangs.

Increases shoulder mobility

If you practice dead hangs regularly, it’ll open up the shoulder joint and increases its range of motion, this is super beneficial for overall shoulder health.

Strengthens your core

Core strength is important to do any strength training exercise. The dead hang helps improve your core power, as it requires stability to hang still from your abdomen, arms, shoulders and back. This will increase your strength and endurance overall.

Chest & Biceps?

Not only are dead hangs great for all of the above..but they’re also great for stretching muscles like the biceps and chest. The stretching and pressing stage of any exercise are super important for overall growth, so this will help in those areas. Take chest…if you’ve just done all your chest exercises, try dead hangs with a slightly wider overhand grip, you’ll really feel this stretch your pecs out. Or you can even stretch your biceps more my using an alternate or underhand grip (palms facing backwards).

How To Do Dead Hangs

To start your dead hang you need to grab the bar using an overhand grip (palms facing away from you), making sure your hands are more than shoulder-width apart and your arms are straight. You then want to engage your shoulders (squeeze your shoulder blades together) and hold on to the bar for as long as possible.

  • Beginner: 10-20 seconds
  • Intermediate: 20-45 seconds
  • Advanced: 45 seconds +

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