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BigTallOx
03-12-2010, 11:27 AM
Last night I deadlifted light ( about 60% of my max ) and tried to focus on technique. I appreciate any comments on how to improve my technique ( but just know that I'm working through some hip flexibility issues and I can't currently go any wider with my stance, my hips are slowly getting more flexible though ). If it matters, my current best deadlift is 545. I'd really like to get 551 at my meet in 3 weeks.

Anyway, here's a video...

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Keith
03-12-2010, 12:27 PM
Only thing that stands out is your supinated arm has quite the bend in it. Keep it as stiff and straight as possible to avoid a torn bicep.

chris mason
03-12-2010, 07:52 PM
If you are going to pull sumo you need to get your hips down more at the start.

BigTallOx
03-12-2010, 08:02 PM
Only thing that stands out is your supinated arm has quite the bend in it. Keep it as stiff and straight as possible to avoid a torn bicep.

That's an old elbow injury, my right elbow doesn't straighten out all the way. Maybe I should switch my grip.

BigTallOx
03-12-2010, 08:04 PM
If you are going to pull sumo you need to get your hips down more at the start.

OK, thanks. That's what I've been working on.

Brian Hopper
03-12-2010, 09:24 PM
I agree, if your going with sumo then your hips need to drop some and get your chest up. Have you ever tried conventional?

BigTallOx
03-12-2010, 10:42 PM
I agree, if your going with sumo then your hips need to drop some and get your chest up. Have you ever tried conventional?

Yes, I train conventional too, but in general I pull more with my narrow sumo stance, so that's what I do in competition. When pulling conventional, I feel like my legs get in the way and I have to reach around them to get at the bar.

douglasoh5
03-13-2010, 08:15 AM
you do what they call a sumo conv deadlift. you prolly need to get a hair wider. sit back and down while pulling tension out of the bar then drive with your legs and keep your whole back arched

Rugby Dad
03-13-2010, 08:23 PM
Ox,
I don't see you pulling with your hips and legs at all. the weight must be so light for you that you can just pull with your arms and knees.
in that lift it looks like all the tension and work is coming from your front legs, knees and arms.
you need to sit back and generate the tension for the pull from your hams, glutes, lats, core. pull back and let the bar touch your shins all the way thru the pull.

abbcccxyyzzz
03-14-2010, 05:01 AM
Hard to comment on such a light lift. Bad tendencies/weaknesses tend to emerge with heavier weights.

AdamBAG
03-14-2010, 07:45 AM
At your height you need to have a wider stance, as Rich suggested. I think that will help a lot.

fasteddy
03-14-2010, 09:44 AM
no arch in back at all, and set your traps tight and pull into stomach