Video I just took from tonight. I've been lifting now about 4 years and I've never felt I've done deadlift right, despite constantly reading and watching videos. I've never hurt myself, and my back has OK size, but I still feel totally wrong here. Looking for some constructive criticism. Also as a sidenote, I was on an 8-10 reps x 3 routine, but I switched down to 5 reps, so since my form isn't perfect, I know I should be dropping some weight, but I swear even without a bar, my back still bends over at the top a little bit. I don't know... thoughts?
Last edited by snow; 08-15-2007 at 05:40 PM.
What kind of deadlift is that?
It was like a mixture of different kinds.
You're supposed to start off of the floor.
Here's how they should be done. See how he sets it down every time?
lol, there are a few guys at my gym that start from an up position, why i dont know its stupid, they have to come out of the racks walk back then go down, just deadlift heavy all the time.
yeah it's called deadlift for a reason. You're lifting dead weight off the ground.
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Starting at the top is fine, not coming to a complete stop is fine.
it like started as a rack pull and then went into a sumo deadlift
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Not everyone needs to pull like a powerlifter. They are many variations of the lift and what he was doing looked very solid.
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To me, it almost looks like a flexibility issue, because your back stay tight on the way up and on the way down, except for the last 6 inches to the floor. Still, they looked good to me... if you start going any heavier you may be forced to start in the down position. I can't imagine walking out 405 for my sets.
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Looked solid. I only have it in the rack to load weight and i have it low then lift down one side at a time before my set. Lifting off the rack like you do will drain some energy that would be better put into trying for an extra rep or heavier weight.
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Your form seems fine. You don't have to lift off the ground when starting and you don't have to set it down each time. It's all about preference IMO.
Of course it will.
It's not conventional, but I didn't really see anything wrong with it. Like Sidior said, as long as you keep the lower back tight it won't hurt to round a little bit. If you're really worried about it, make sure your shoulders are pulled back and really focus on the arch with some light weight.
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I ended up talking to the director and now deadlifts are allowed at that YMCA.
How are deadlifts dangerous?
I understand, if your doing oly lifts you can fall and hurt someone. But deadlifts... just drop the weight!
I don't see a problem with how he's doing it, however I wouldn't consider it a full/normal deadlift. Pulling the weight when it's first resting on the ground is the hardest part, once you get it up and moving the rest of your reps aren't quite as hard as that first motion. I have a feeling if you always trained off a rack like that, you'd be disappointed when you went to lift heavy using normal form.
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form on the last couple of reps looked a little sloppy imo.
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