The deadlift is the simplest exercise in the gym, and the one that dates back the furthest into history. Thousands of years ago, it was the caveman who could pick up the biggest rock who could build the strongest fort. Many exercises, including the bench press and squat, depend upon suits and rules and technique. The deadlift goes above all of this. When it comes to the deadlift, you either defeat gravity, or you do not. You either move a weight from grounded to upright, or you do not. It's man versus metal in the best way!