Mid-Deadlift
Mid-Deadlift

The Deadlift sounds scarier than it is. Many are unfamiliar with the movement as it seems to have been relegated to the dark corners of bodybuilding gyms, but in CrossFit everyone deadlifts. It is one of the best exercises you can do to build strength through your posterior chain (i.e. lower back, glutes and hamstrings). It is as functional as it gets since 99% of people drop things and have to pick them up.  Learning to do this movement properly is fantastic for injury prevention since the above mentioned muscles groups tend to be weak due to lack of training in the average person. Check out this video from the crew at CrossFit.com and listen to Greg Glassman, co-founder of CrossFit, explain his views on the deadlift.