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Old 01-18-2011, 07:03 PM   #27
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Re: Deadlifts: drop or put down?

Originally Posted by Eric Chapman View Post
On Matt "KROC" Kroczaleski's youtube channel someone asked, "Why do you drop the weight like that after every rep? Why dont you lower it in a controlled fashion?"

Matt responded, "Because in a powerlifting meet you pull a max single from a dead stop, there is no down movement so you don't benefit from the stretch reflex of lowering the weight. By not providing any resistance on the way down I am attempting to simulate competition conditions and eliminate the stretch reflex as much as possible."

That seems like one good reason to me for dropping dl's.
Again, he's probably pulling 700-800lbs which imparts a bit more stress on his body than the average CFers deadlift. There's also no stretch-reflex if you take a slight break to regrip and breathe for each subsequent rep. I can pull a heavy set of 5, lower each under control, and still pull reps 2-5 from a dead stop. All that means is that I'm not bouncing the reps.
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