I want to start dead lifting i never see anyone doing it at my gym though i know its a good exercise that incorporates alot of muscles. The thing is i asked a personal trainer at the gym if i should start dead lifting and he goes no its a dangerous exercise and can cause the spinal discs to be pushed backwards and cause them to bulge or something. Is this a common injury like high risk, what are some ways to avoid this? Thanks for any help
The deadlift is dangerous if your form is bad and/or you start with to much weight. Just watch some of the demonstration videos floating around and talk with the experts here and start lifting. What everyone here will tell you get a new trainer he obviously doesn't know how to deadlift himself.
Deadlifting is like any other exercise in that it's dangerous if you don't do it right. There are tons of threads that discuss deadlifting form on this forum, and if after reading some of those, looking at youtube videos, and trying it yourself, you can always take a video of yourself deadlifting (go a bit light so you can focus on form) for the experienced people on this board to view and critique.
search online for reputable trainers and then find them and schedule an appointment to work on deadlift form.
Go to a better gym, that trainer sucks...
Here is a how-to post about deadlifting:
It's a great exercise, definitely hard to do, but worth it. If done correctly!
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find a better gym, your trainer doesn't know what he is talking about
After repairing my shattered knee, my surgeon told me to work my way back into squatting and deadlifting... and he's worked with thousands of knees. I think I'll take his advice over the moron trainer that talked to you. Don't listen to that idiot. Make sure your form is perfect and never let your ego get in the way of your lifting and you'll be fine.
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Moral of the story; often times, the trainers at the gym don't know jack **** and if you do research and learn how to use correct form, you will be fine.
I taught myself how to deadlift by watching youtube and videos in the video section. Its not that hard, whatever you do, don't let your back round out at all.
the deadlift has a bad reputation of being "bad for your back" just like the squat being "bad for your knees". It's a misconception people have that just spreads around. but the deadlift is only bad for your back if you ROUND it. You should start with low weight, just the bar so you can work on your form first. If at any time, your back starts to round in deadlifts, it's usually just a strength issue and not a flexibility one.
I for example, have a hard time keeping my back from rounding during squats, but it's very easy (as long as the weight isn't too great) to avoid in deadlifts.
Then: 134 lbs November 12, 2008
Now: 195 lbs
Like everyone said.
1) Inform yourself (web articles, youtube etc)
2) Put your ego @ the entry of the gym
2) Start slowly, keep a good form all the time. Don't over do it, cause when you'r getting tired the form goes down the drain.
3) Increase weights when confortable.
4) Have fun doing it.
It's been 4 months that I'm doing it, without straps, and no problem here. Since I have incorparate this exercice I have increase all my weights everywhere.
do you switch your grip up when deadlifting?
i was told by someone that it doesn't matter, he said he likes to have his strong hand facing out (for most of us right)
but through looking around on here i've heard some people comment on how one trap is larger than that other because they dont switch
i haven't seen any of this so i'm guessing this might just be an individual thing
ofcoarse my deadlift is under 360
When i started i couldnt hold 80kg and now i have no problem with 120kg.
Just an idea of course. If you want to use a mixed grip than take nockits advise .
Deadlifting, as any other lift, is only dangerous if your form sucks and you try to lift too much weight. If you learn the proper form (read Starting Strength) and go light until you've got your form down, you'll find that the deadlift is one of the best lifts you can do (right next to squats).
I'd go with double overhand grip until you can't, then alternate your grip on the sets following that. Pullups, chinups, farmers walk and grippers will also help your grip strength.
Give chalk a chance.
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and it still remains the favorite exercise, i can make an argument for the bench press being more dangerous than the deadlift, and its not a real natural movement, not to often u push something away with a bench behind you, but u have to pick things up off the ground plenty of times
get ur form straight , start light, then watch your body grow
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