Deadlift rack pulls, also called deadlift lockouts, can help you build significant lower back strength, and drive power into your squats and deadlifts.
- Deadlift rack pulls help you train the finishing movement for your deadlift.
- They allow you to pull a significantly higher weight to lockout than you would use for your full range of motion deadlifts. Rack pulls can build significant lower back strength.
- By lifting heavier weight, they train your body and central nervous system to recruit more muscle fibers for the lift.
- To a lesser degree, rack pulls also work your gluteus maximus (glutes) and hamstrings.
For the general strength trainers, lockouts are also a useful lower back compound exercise. By starting the lift just below the knees, rack pulls eliminate much of the leg drive from a full range of motion deadlift. This allows this exercise to focus the work directly on your lower back.
If you’d like to learn how to perform rack pulls correctly, check out this article on the exercise technique: Deadlift Rack Pulls