Deadlifts are a fantastic compound exercise that targets multiple muscle groups, making them an essential part of any strength training program. But have you ever found yourself struggling to add or remove plates from your barbell during a deadlift session? That's where a deadlift jack comes in handy!
A deadlift jack is a piece of equipment that lifts the barbell off the ground, making it easy to load and unload plates. However, not everyone has access to a deadlift jack, and you might be based in county where it’s too expensive for us to deliver… but don't fret because we've got you covered with these deadlift jack alternatives that you can try:
The 2x4 Block Method
One of the simplest and cheapest deadlift jack alternatives is using a 2x4 wooden block. All you need to do is place the block under the innermost plate on one end of the barbell, then lift the other end of the barbell to elevate it. Once the bar is elevated, slide the 2x4 block under the other end, and you're ready to load or unload your plates with ease. This method is not only cost-effective but also easily accessible, as you can find a 2x4 block at any hardware store.
The DIY Deadlift Wedge
If you're after a more compact option, try a DIY deadlift wedge. Using a piece of rubber or dense foam, cut a triangular wedge shape with a slope on one side. Place the wedge under one end of your barbell, and roll the bar up the slope. This will elevate the bar enough to add or remove plates easily.
The Barbell Roll-Up
For those who don't want to use any additional equipment, the barbell roll-up technique is a simple deadlift jack alternative. Position your barbell at the edge of a weight plate or another slightly raised surface. Roll one end of the barbell onto the plate, elevating it enough to load or unload your weights. Remember to practice caution when using this method, as the barbell can roll off the plate if not properly secured.
The Single Plate Method
Another equipment-free option is the single plate method. Begin by placing a smaller weight plate (e.g., 5kg or 10kg) on the ground next to your barbell. Roll one end of the barbell onto the plate, which will elevate the bar slightly. Now you can easily add or remove plates from the elevated end of the barbell. This method is useful if you're working out in a gym with limited equipment or if you prefer not to carry additional tools with you.
The Partner Lift
Finally, if you have a workout buddy, the partner lift is a great deadlift jack alternative that requires no additional equipment. With one person on each end of the barbell, both lift the bar slightly off the ground to load or unload plates. Make sure to communicate and lift simultaneously to avoid any accidents or strain on your back.
Overall, if you’re not lifting heavy or only add and remove 1 or 2 plates per session there are plenty of deadlift jack alternatives that you can try out to make your deadlift sessions more efficient and enjoyable. Give these alternatives a try during your next deadlift workout and experience the ease of loading and unloading your barbell without breaking the bank. Happy lifting!
PS. Photo by Clark Bernales