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Old 04-08-2009, 06:01 AM   #1
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Deadlift Form..

So I did my first dead lift and was wondering if any of you could offer some critique on it. Its with a 45# bar.

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Old 04-08-2009, 08:58 AM   #2
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Re: Deadlift Form..

First, make sure to let the bar come to a complete rest after each repetition. Second, on your first rep you started with your shoulders just forward of the bar, but, on the other reps, you drifted back. Before you start a rep, make sure that you are positioned properly. Third, you need to put more weight on the bar. 45# looks too easy and it may be throwing off your form. Fourth, you are starting each rep with the bar in a different location. Start with the bar about one to two inches in front of the shins. When you squat down to grab the bar, your shins should be just touching the bar. Finally, the video is a bit grainy, so I can't be sure, but it looks like you are not maintaining the lumbar curve when you squat down to grab the bar. Have someone watch to see if is actually happening.
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Old 04-08-2009, 09:39 AM   #3
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Re: Deadlift Form..

i agree. a good check that you are in position before you pull is that your hands are slightly behind your shoulders. you should probably raise your butt very slightly to achieve this. also relax your neck, and add some weight.
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Re: Deadlift Form..

and keep the bar against your body the entire time. keep pulling
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First, make sure to let the bar come to a complete rest after each repetition. Second, on your first rep you started with your shoulders just forward of the bar, but, on the other reps, you drifted back. Before you start a rep, make sure that you are positioned properly. Third, you need to put more weight on the bar. 45# looks too easy and it may be throwing off your form. Fourth, you are starting each rep with the bar in a different location. Start with the bar about one to two inches in front of the shins. When you squat down to grab the bar, your shins should be just touching the bar. Finally, the video is a bit grainy, so I can't be sure, but it looks like you are not maintaining the lumbar curve when you squat down to grab the bar. Have someone watch to see if is actually happening.
Hey Jose, thank you for the critique. I will definitely make sure I am in the same position every time. I will have my husband check my lumbar curve. We are also adding weight tonight. I also noticed that the weight impacts my lifting in all exercises. I doubled the weight on my KB's because it was way to light to get the proper form down..
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i agree. a good check that you are in position before you pull is that your hands are slightly behind your shoulders. you should probably raise your butt very slightly to achieve this. also relax your neck, and add some weight.
Hey Brady,

Thanks to you as well for your critique. I will take what you said and apply it tonight.
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Old 04-08-2009, 11:20 AM   #7
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Re: Deadlift Form..

Keep that bar in close to your legs and really squeeze that chest up before you start the rep.

And as has been said above get some weight on that bar!
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Keep that bar in close to your legs and really squeeze that chest up before you start the rep.

And as has been said above get some weight on that bar!
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Old 04-08-2009, 11:41 AM   #9
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Re: Deadlift Form..

Everyone's advice is good... I would just add to also narrow your stance and grip a bit...

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Everyone's advice is good... I would just add to also narrow your stance and grip a bit...
Justin, Thanks! I will be applying all of the advice tonight.
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