Mike Boyle believes every athlete should Deadlift.
He also believes no athlete—aside from powerlifters—should Straight Bar Deadlift.
Straight Bar (a.k.a. Barbell) Deadlifts force athletes to maneuver their bodies around the bar. Pull it up too far away from your center of gravity, and you're nearly guaranteed back pain. But pull it too close, and you wind up with bloody shins. Deadlifts are a powerful movement for building lower-body strength, but they can be risky and inefficient with a barbell, particularly for those whose dimensions make them a bad fit for the exercise.