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Old 05-21-2009, 03:52 PM   #1
Shawn Kim
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Deadlift Form Check

I'm new to lifting weights, and was wondering if someone could give me some tips on my deadlift form. Thanks. (wfs)
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Old 05-21-2009, 04:15 PM   #2
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Re: Deadlift Form Check

set your hips a little higher, and bring your chin down, as if you were trying to hold a tennis ball in your chin. Wherever you are looking at that point is the correct place to look
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Old 05-21-2009, 04:40 PM   #3
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Re: Deadlift Form Check

Yes, your neck should be in a neutral position. I would face the opposite direction so you can find a spot on the ground to stare at rather than the wall.

Your hips rise faster than your shoulders most reps whereas they should move together. Also remember to squeeze the bar off the floor instead of jerking it up.

I would also like to see a few reps that are actually difficult
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Old 05-21-2009, 06:26 PM   #4
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Re: Deadlift Form Check

Originally Posted by Robert Callahan View Post
set your hips a little higher, and bring your chin down, as if you were trying to hold a tennis ball in your chin. Wherever you are looking at that point is the correct place to look

It does look like the bar isn't traveling in a straight path, but I'd suspect this is more due to him not standing close enough to the bar as opposed to the hips being too low.

I'd work on lowering the bar though. It looks like you're leaning forward and not bringing the hips back enough. Keep your chest up and sit back. Get your hips back as far as you can before you bend at the knees. Generally speaking, bringing your hips back will allow you to lower the bar to knee level without having to bend the knees. But either way, really focus bringing the hips back as you lower the bar.

Keep practicing, you'll have it down in no time!

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Old 05-21-2009, 08:37 PM   #5
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Re: Deadlift Form Check

At the very start you need to be closer to the bar. Get your shins about an inch from the bar. I think this will help you get your hips set better. Your shins should be almost vertical when you start. Try getting closer and then post another video.
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Old 05-22-2009, 05:30 AM   #6
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Re: Deadlift Form Check

Hello Shawn,

First of all congratulations on getting up close and personal with a Barbell.

You state that your new to lifting, and seem young and ready to GET STRONG. As you can see by the thoughtful posts made by other CF'ers, there a number of fundamental problems that need correcting for you to build a solid technical foundation to lift safely and intelligently. I will say that these tweaks we are all referring to are the same tweaks I correct on just about every new athlete that walks through my door.

Do yourself a favor and get some training. Find a CF location near you and get some training. Build that technical foundation early. If you don't have a CF location near you, seek out a lifting coach in your local area.

It will be the best investment you make if you are serious about lifting.

P.S. At the very least, get yourself Mark Rippetoe's Starting Strength Books, and DVD!!! You will NOT be sorry. .02

All the best.
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