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Old 08-25-2009, 11:08 PM   #1
Joel Klatt
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Deadlift with rounded back

I am 6'4" and when I try to deadlift I always have an issue with my butt rising first and my back rounding out some what as I get heavier. I can make it a little better if I raise the bar off the floor somewhat. But, When I am at the bottom of the lift, in the set position, I sit back as much as possible lifting my chest and dropping my butt and trying to lock my back in place. However, when I do this my chest moves back from over the bar, so my shoulder blades are not over the bar. Once I start to move upward I am always pitched forward over the bar again and thus my butt rises first and or my back rounds out(if the weight is heavy enough). What can I do to improve my from. I am wondering if being 6'4", if my segment lengths are just not designed for deadlifting with proper form.

Any suggestions on exercises or stretches is appreciated.
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Old 08-26-2009, 06:34 AM   #2
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Re: Deadlift with rounded back

Stop dropping your butt.

Stand with your shins 1 inch from the bar.

Grab the bar.

Bring your shins forward to the bar.

Tighten your chest up (think superman.) (DON"T drop your butt. When you lift your chest up, your butt will end up where it needs to be)

Pull

Doing this will put you in a place where your shoulders are just in front of the bar, your back is locked in a proper extension, and your butt is where it needs to be. This setup works for everyone. I train 5 foot girls to 6 foot 5-6 guys. All of them are able to get into positions this way. The hard part is learning how to keep your back locked in extension. Spend some time at sub-maximal weights, and try to get a video of your deadlift. Upload it to youtube and place a link on the digital coaching forum.

Find every Mark Rippetoe video on deadlifts. watch them all. (bunch on mainpage)
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Old 08-30-2009, 08:20 AM   #3
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Re: Deadlift with rounded back

Imagine that you've got a glass of water resting on your lower back.
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