On paper, the deadlift is a very simple exercise. You’re merely lifting something off the floor and standing up… However, as you may have found, deadlifts aren’t easy. They hurt, especially if they’re done wrong, they are tiring and the videos posted on your Facebook wall of guys pulling over 800lbs may seem a bit demoralizing. However, deadlifts, when implemented in a well-developed routine, can help accelerate almost any goal. This exercise is so impressive and sought-out that you’ll find about 1,520,000 videos on YouTube compared to 170,000 of the bicep curl; that’s almost 900% more. Be the .7732% at your gym hoisting massive amounts of iron with these top 5 tips from the Powerlifters of TEAM USPlabs.
- Rob Saeva - Perfect practice makes perfect. Execute the lift the exact same way each time. From approach, to bracing, to acceleration and state of mind. Once proper form and execution has been established from beginning to end, every lift should look the same and feel the same. If not, weight should be dialed back and form reestablished in order to become more efficient.
- Jonathan Byrd - Don't jerk the bar! Be sure to flex the bar during your set up so that you don't pull yourself over your toes! Pulling the flex out of the bar will make for a shorter pull distance and eliminate bar whip.
- Kyle Sheridan - One big thing I see a lot of people ignore while deadlifting is forgetting to brace their core. You want to get a big breath before the lift and hold all that air in your stomach. By doing this you are creating intra-abdominal pressure which helps stabilize your whole body for the lift. This is also the proper technique for using a belt correctly and should be applied for every rep you do.
- Joey Smith - Keep your shoulders and your head in the upright position. if you don't, the bar will follow you and make it harder to get back in the line you need to be in, plus your wasting energy that you would rather use to lock this bastard out with instead!
- Frank Gonzalez - Don't pull with shoulders out over the bar (shoulders should be parallel to the bar). Shoulders extending over the bar put all the pressure on the upper back and will fail to activate glute and hamstring muscles.
If you have any questions about the deadlift or how to improve your training, feel free to contact us or any of our TEAM of powerlifters. #BeUltimate
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