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Old 11-02-2009, 12:43 PM   #1
Trevor Wallace
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Deadlift

I think that I am lifting with my back too soon. Any suggestions on cues/positioning that might help me out.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oinvS-NT5yA

Thank you in advance for your help.
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Old 11-02-2009, 12:56 PM   #2
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Re: Deadlift

I don't know if you're "lifting too early" with your back... but what you are doing is letting your shoulders get in too far over the bar.

You line up with the bar pretty well (maybe too far from it), but right at :06, you roll the bar closer to your shins a bit, which puts your shoulders too far over the bar. Your shoulders should be right above the bar. I think that dropping your hips a little bit would help you out there.

When you hips are dropped a little, focus on "squeezing" the bar off the ground with your glutes and hamstrings... this will make you focus more on the initial leg drive.
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Old 11-02-2009, 01:09 PM   #3
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Re: Deadlift

Also, your body is moving before the bar break the floor. You need to get set in a starting position, and your hips/shoulders/back etc. should not move until the bar breaks the floor, otherwise you lose tension through your lumbar spine which kills power transmission and opens up injury. Stay tight.
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Old 11-02-2009, 02:07 PM   #4
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Re: Deadlift

Put a curve in your back, arch it when you are set to pull from the ground. ''Lock'' your body in place and think to yourself of shoving your feet through the floor, no stand up.
Your butt and shoulders should rise at the same time keeping the same angle from the start of the pull off the ground till the bar is past your knees, then you straighten up.
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Old 11-02-2009, 02:14 PM   #5
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Re: Deadlift

One of the trainers at my affiliate is a real stickler for form. She insists that we take the slack out of the bar and plates prior to lifting. From the sound of the video you might want to try that as a general pointer. Pull just enough, and by pull I mean exert a little tension, on the bar that everything's in contact prior to the first pull. It prevents the hitch that occurs when everything pulls together after you start the lift and keeps things smoother.
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Old 11-04-2009, 07:18 AM   #6
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Re: Deadlift

Great tips. Thank you all for your help. I really appreciate it. My goal is for a 400# deadlift and I really need to get my form dialed befor I do that.
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Old 11-04-2009, 07:45 AM   #7
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Best of luck with the 400 Trevor! Keep working on perfecting your form as well.
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Old 11-04-2009, 02:07 PM   #8
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Re: Deadlift

You are starting with your butt a little too low and not enough tightness in your lower back
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Old 11-04-2009, 02:17 PM   #9
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Re: Deadlift

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One of the trainers at my affiliate is a real stickler for form. She insists that we take the slack out of the bar and plates prior to lifting.


The head trainer at my affiliate suggested I do two things to improve my form. He told me to take the slack out of my arms and put my feet closer together. (Closer than you have them in the video) With only these instructions, my PR went up 40 pounds in one session.
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Old 11-13-2009, 10:04 AM   #10
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Re: Deadlift

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You are starting with your butt a little too low and not enough tightness in your lower back
I'm with Robert. your hips are too low and your not setting your back well enough
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