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Aaron Graham 11-07-2006 08:26 AM

Hi guys i wonder if you can offer any tips on my deadlift, sorry about the position its the best i had.

Thanks guys


Arden Cogar Jr. 11-07-2006 10:56 AM

On the first one, hips are rising too fast. Really concentrate on driving with your feet. Sit back on your heels and push your butt toward the floor. At this stage, you may want to narrow your foot stance a little bit or widen your arms a little.

Second one, the bar was too far from your body. You need to keep it as close as possible to help keep your hips down. Same observations as above.

I'll defer to the others on the clean as I'm still learning.

All the best,

Lincoln Brigham 11-07-2006 12:31 PM

On the clean:

Get your head up; your eye focus needs to be higher.

Stance looks a bit wide.

Rack the bar at a lower elevation. Don't wait until it's 5 feet off the ground. Try to rack the bar at the same height as the bottom of the front squat. That's equivalent to about your belly button when standing upright.

Get those elbows up higher on the rack position. MUCH higher.

Carrie Klumpar 11-07-2006 02:00 PM


1) Read the DL article posted here:

2) Narrower stance and grip.

3) Higher hips in the setup position. (Esp in video #1; it's closer in vid #2).

Aaron Graham 11-08-2006 09:22 AM

Hi guys

Found this

Point taken , ill try and sort it next time

Re the deadlift i thought my hips have to be lower in order to drive with them?, i will try the narrower stance and grip as well as read the article.

Really appreicate your help guys


Aaron Graham 11-08-2006 09:25 AM

Do you guys have a deadlift video with correct form that i can copy?

Ro Bostick 11-08-2006 03:41 PM

On the deadlift: Your hands are waaaaaay to wide as are your feet for a conventional pull, heels too far apart as well and crouching like that before you pull wastes energy and doesn't allow you to use tension to help the weight up.

Here's my 2 cents. You need to set your feet first (and I mean really set them, take your time, there's no rush, grind your heels into the place where you want them) then bend over and get your grip and hand placement right. When you feel ready set up with your hips high, legs as straight as you can get them, your back as vertical as you can get it without breaking form (which at this point will be slightly better than horizontal) eyes and head forward, your arms straight and rigid and your shoulders pulled back and since you're not wearing a belt your abs should be tight. This position should feel extremely uncomfortable, your body should be tight from head to toe.

Now take a deep breath and then all at the same time, without breaking that tightness sit back as if there was a very small stool behind you and drive you heels into the ground. This should cause your hips to drop very low and it will build tension in the hamstrings. It should also force your back into the proper vertical position (keep the neck up).

If you're doing it properly the tension created will naturally pull the weight back into your shins and slightly off the floor. As the bar starts to come up engage the hips more by pushing your pelvis forward. you should get this all in one fluid motion with a bit of practice.

The best advice I ever got on deadlifting was to pull yourself into form. To many guys try to put their bodies in textbook form during the set up. Its very difficult to do that and pull a significant amount of weight because you're creating very little tension. Pull yourself into form.

Charles Steven Ossenheimer 11-08-2006 09:25 PM

i especially like the guy in the background doing cable cross-overs... :haha:

Arden Cogar Jr. 11-09-2006 01:43 PM

Excellent advice Ro. The best form I've seen in a while is from Mikhail Koklehev. I can't spell him name, but there's a wonderful lifting segment somewhere on the net of him clean and pressing 530, deadlifting 880, and front squatting 660. It's awesome. If you could copy his technique you would be He's awesome.

All the best,

Ro Bostick 11-09-2006 02:20 PM

Koklyaev is a freak. I think the video you're talking about is from the exhibition he gave this year. Insane. not only did he pretty much pull with his on the floor but he just held onto the weight at lockout staring at the crowd like he was holding a broomstick

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