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Old 01-28-2010, 06:47 PM   #1
Luke Hitt
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Deadlift Form

Here's some video of me DL'ing 315.

The last few reps I was pretty gassed, so my form may have sufferred a bit.


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Old 01-29-2010, 08:22 AM   #2
Owen Bird
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Re: Deadlift Form

Your back could be straighter, and you are letting your hips go up faster than the bar. I have this problem also.

Try setting up with your butt a little lower, and focus on keeping your chest up, especially in the bottom part of the lift.

Other things that have helped me get the hip/bar relative motion closer are trying to get the bar off the floor with my legs a little more bent than I was used to, and feeling like I was making my shoulders rise by increasing the angle between my thigh and back.

Now go and kill it
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Old 01-29-2010, 06:33 PM   #3
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Re: Deadlift Form

You're shooting your hips up and rounding your back, as Owen pointed out. When your hips go up too soon you lose the isometric tension in your hamstrings, and straighter legs mean you're not getting as much help from your quads in lifting the bar the first few inches off the floor. You basically turn the movement into a very heavy back extension, which is a good way to get hurt.

Looking at the floor about 6' in front of you in your setup is another correction that's easy to make. Keeping your head in neutral alignment with your body minimizes tension on your neck--remember your traps are what's keeping the bar tight to your body, and they connect into the base of your neck, so you don't want to be yanking them with your head in an unnatural position.
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