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Old 05-23-2009, 01:28 PM   #1
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Deadlift Form Check

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I've never seen myself deadlift before. It looks different than it feels.
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Old 05-23-2009, 04:07 PM   #2
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Re: Deadlift Form Check

Not bad

You are letting your hips sneak up though without moving the weight, which means your quads are cheating their way out of the lift. Squeeze your chest up and force your legs to get the weight off the ground, think about Driving your legs through the ground until the bar gets to your knees.
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Old 05-23-2009, 04:25 PM   #3
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Re: Deadlift Form Check

that was something that disappointed me watching the video. I thought I was doing it right, and it felt right, but when I watched it I was wrong. so to fix that should I use a lighter weight and keep doing it until I get it right?

should my hips be lower at the start of the lift?
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Old 05-23-2009, 06:22 PM   #4
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Re: Deadlift Form Check

One thing I see is that the bar is moving back toward you slightly off the floor. It looks like the bar could be moved back some, so it is touching your shins. This should eliminate that slight movement at the beginning.
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Old 05-26-2009, 01:34 PM   #5
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Re: Deadlift Form Check

I find it easier to do them quicker. Might not make sense but just try to touch and go at the bottom. You are doing 3 sets of 1 almost instead of 1 set of 3.

Not sure if I make sense but try it. Also, your back seems to be in better position on the way down - if you go right back up it may stay locked in a bit easier.

If you were just doing them slowly for recording purposes please disregard.
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Old 05-26-2009, 03:39 PM   #6
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Re: Deadlift Form Check

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that was something that disappointed me watching the video. I thought I was doing it right, and it felt right, but when I watched it I was wrong. so to fix that should I use a lighter weight and keep doing it until I get it right?

should my hips be lower at the start of the lift?
No your hips should not be lower, perhaps the opposite. On your heavy sets, your find your correct set up, then you dip your hips right before u lift the weight, and then they have to rise again to the correct height before the bar breaks the ground. Set your hips at that higher point, and lock everything down tight.

I somewhat disagree with jason here. And i say somewhat because i dont think you should be speeding up your heavy sets to a touch and go, when your set up is already somewhat sloppy. If you are doing a heavy set of 3 or 5, you should set it down and reset your grip take another breath and pull. you are taking way too long between reps, but for a heavy set you DO want to reset and assure a solid setup at each rep.
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Old 05-26-2009, 04:26 PM   #7
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Re: Deadlift Form Check

To reiterate what Gabe said, check this awesome post out by Rip on DL setup: http://************.net/forum/showpo...55&postcount=2 (WFS)


I also don't particularly like:
Your head position. Seems too far up from neutral for my taste, but this is a small factor.
Touch-and-go, even in the warmups - they are no longer deadlifts.
I think you need to set your back better (this is my #1 problem, so I can spot it well).
You seem to bend your elbows and yank the bar a bit on the heavy sets. Nono. Straight, firm arms, firm shoulder girdle, squeeze the bar off the floor.
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Old 05-27-2009, 10:28 AM   #8
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Re: Deadlift Form Check

When does a set of 3 become 3 singles? Also - I'm only talking about doing it quicker because many times I've seen people start their deadlift with bad form on the first rep but then have good form on the rest of them. Not sure why or how to fix that but I've seen it a few times.
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When does a set of 3 become 3 singles?

It becomes multiple sets, IMO, when you let go of the bar and stand up. If you stay in position (bent over, touching the bar) between reps, as long as it's not ridiculous, it's the same set. I'd say I take 2 breaths at most between reps of the same set. After that, it's time to walk away and take a break.
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To reiterate what Gabe said, check this awesome post out by Rip on DL setup: http://************.net/forum/showpo...55&postcount=2 (WFS)
There is a lot of feedback in here for me to take in. I'm going to start with this, keep my head more neutral, get my chest up at the same time as my hips, try to pause less on the heavy sets, and report back. I'm tired just from thinking about all that.
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