Has anyone gotten any info/experience on the adverse effects of doing block deadlifts with moderate weight [250+lbs]?
I've tried googling the exercise, but the most I've gotten on most websites is "is great to use to improve ROM for deadlifting in competition."
IMHO, if you are having lower back issues, then lighter weight RDLs with minimal lower back flexion and with a grip width that doesn't aggravate the shoulder might be an option. If you are pounding your lower back w. any kind of DL, instead of using your glutes and hams, then it won't matter and you need to relearn how to DL.
A child does not learn to squat from the top down. In other words, he does not suddenly make a conscious decision one day to squat. Actually, he is squatting one day and make the conscious decision to stand. Squatting precedes standing in the developmental sequence. This is the way a child's brain learns to use the body as the child develops movement patterns. Therefore, a child is probably crawling, rocks back into a squatting position with the back completely relaxed and the hips completely flexed, and stands when he has enough hip strength. This approach makes a lot of sense and can be applied to relearning the deep squat movement if it is lost. -Gray Cook
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