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I have been lifting for 6 years (non professionally) yet never seriously tried the Deadlift exercise.

Is this exercise necessary for intermediate\advanced bodybuilders in any way?

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You've been lifting for six years without the deadlift? What have you been doing instead? Also, this question should really be split into three. :/ –  Dave Liepmann Dec 30 '11 at 16:34
    
Basically worked every muscle except the lower back. There's plenty of stuff to do without it. –  Leo Dec 30 '11 at 16:40
    
Details on your previous experience would help make the answers more productive, accurate, and relevant. –  Dave Liepmann Dec 30 '11 at 16:43
    
I split the question into 3 as you suggeted. could you narrow down the details I should supply? workout plans \ weights? I've been doing everything on a typical workout plan minus deadlifts. –  Leo Dec 30 '11 at 16:52
    
My typical workout plan is squats, deadlifts, chin-ups or dips, and sprinting on the off-days. The barbell work is 3 sets of 5 reps, trying to add 5 pounds to each lift on every workout. What's your typical workout plan? –  Dave Liepmann Dec 30 '11 at 16:57
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The deadlift is awesome

I find deadlifts very productive. Since they're a multi-joint, multi-muscle exercise, they promote growth across the entire back and legs. Done heavy, I've found them very efficient at adding muscle. This is partially because I am a novice. It might be different for your situation.

I don't know of many exercises that could be said to fully replace the deadlift. Squats? Romanian deadlifts? Barbell hip thrusts? They're all close, but not quite it.

You should deadlift

Since the deadlift is easy to learn, safe if done correctly, and simple to do heavy, I think you would love deadlifting. Start light and add weight frequently.

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It's also basically a prerequisite to adding the power clean to the mix, which is an amazing exercise for developing explosiveness out of the extra muscle you've been building. –  user2567 Dec 30 '11 at 18:24
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