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The Deadlift


The deadlift is unique in it’s simplicity and ability to create head to toe strength. ?It is in my opinion one of the most important things that we do in the gym. ?Although there is much fear of the deadlift in main stream gyms, the deadlift is one of the best lifts for increasing back and posterior chain strength which protects your back from injury in real life. ?Major bench marks on the deadlift would be body weight, twice body weight, and three times body weight. ?Those would represent beginning, good, and great on the deadlift scale.

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Consider each of the following cues to a sound deadlift. Many motivate identical behaviors, yet each of us responds differently to different cues.

? Inside of elbows facing one another

? Chest up and inflated

? Abs tight

? Arms locked and not pulling

t;p>? Shoulders pinned back and down


? Lats and triceps contracted and pressing against one another

? Keep your weight on your heels

? Bar stays close to legs and essentially travels straight up and down

? Torso?s angle of inclination remains constant while bar is below the knee

? Head straight ahead

? Shoulders and hips rise at same rate when bar is below the knee

? Arms remain perpendicular to ground until lockout

? Natural stance with feet under hips

? Symmetrical grip whether parallel, hook, or alternate

? Hands placed where arms won?t interfere with legs while pulling from the ground

? Bar above juncture of little toe and foot

? Shoulders slightly forward of bar when setting up

If you keep a set back and proper technique the deadlift is the only way to lift something heavy off the ground!

What is a cue that resonates with you to help with deadlift? Post Comments below!

Trey working on setting his back! Click here to check out more of our flickr pictures!