Rackpulls vs. Deadlifts
Rack pulls and deadlifts are both commonly used by powerlifters, bodybuilders and athletes to build muscle and increase strength. Neither exercise is categorically better than the other, as they both serve different purposes and have their own benefits and drawbacks. However, your training goals, injury history and level of performance will make you more suited to one or the other.
Both exercises can be used to build strength. Regular deadlifts, though, are a competitive powerlifting exercise, whereas rack pulls are not. Former world record deadlift holder and strength coach Andy Bolton recommends using rack pulls as an ancillary exercise to deadlifts, as you can use heavier weights lifting from the rack, which will translate into bigger deadlift gains. Bolton adds though, that you should always set the rack pins below knee height, as lifting from above the knee has little carryover to regular deadlifts.
The deadlift works your hamstrings, glutes, abdominals, obliques, spinal erectors, mid-back and forearms muscles. Rack pulls also work these muscles, but the focus is slightly less on the hamstrings, and more on the mid and upper back. This makes rack pulls a better choice for bodybuilders looking to develop their back muscles, as opposed to training for strength or leg size. #OptimumNutrition #TrueStrength #training #deadlifts #rackpulls #back