The Barbell Suitcase Deadlift is an excellent test of core and grip stability and strength. Picking up a heavy barbell with one hand takes more than a simple hook grip, it requires you to balance the weight as you lift, taxing your fingers and forearm. Since the weight is loaded on one side, your core needs to work overtime to prevent the tendency to lean towards the side lifting the weight. To keep the weight from tipping to one side, you’ll also need to focus on a smooth, gradual lift. All elements make this an excellent barbell exercise for functional strength.

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Tip Writer: Mark de Grasse
Demonstrator:  Edwardo Williams