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    Correct Deadlift form?

    Which one is the best one to do?
    This one : Barbell Deadlift
    Or this one: Barbell Straight Leg Deadlift

    Also, what are those deadlifts called where you pick them up to your waist and then raise them above your head? Can someone explain to me the proper form of those as well? Thanks.
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    The first one is more for back and the second is a lot of hamstrings. Personally I prefer the first.
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    The first (Barbell Deadlift) is the one that will give the most results overall, being a heavy (meaning you can go heavy) compound movement. The straight leg deadlift you can't go as heavy on or you would throw your back out....in a hurry.

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    If you really want to nail the hamstrings when doing bent leg deadlifts, elevate the front of your feet (toes) on a pair of 25lb plates, and then do the exercise-this stretches the hamstrings and you will feel the difference immediately!
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    Like stated, straight-leg deadlifts are mainly for legs. The first one is a much better motion for total strength and the one you'll hear referred to all the time. As far as the movement where you lift it above your head, I believe you're referring to the Snatch, check out the Powerlifting/Olympic lift forum.

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    Hmmm, I'm going to be the odd man out here and say they can't really be compared.


    Neither exercise is better than the other.

    The traditional deadlift is a big compound movement that allows for you to move a lot of weight. Just like any other exercise if performed with poor form, you can hurt yourself extremely easily - especially your lower back.

    The straight leg deadlift is also a big lift, but your weight in this lift will be lower than the traditional deadlift. Its still a big exercise and harder to perform with good form, in my opinion. Also a very easy exercise to hurt yourself on, especially your fragile lower back.
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    best for what?

    as for regular deadlift form (title of the thread) a sumo dl pl style is the safest and can lift the most weight

    http://www.elitefts.com/documents/bi...ysis_of_dl.htm

    but again it depends on your goals.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dereksolo
    Which one is the best one to do?
    This one : Barbell Deadlift
    Or this one: Barbell Straight Leg Deadlift
    Like has been said, one work's the back, the other work's the hamstring's. I would personally do them both.
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    Quote Originally Posted by fen2zla
    Like has been said, one work's the back, the other work's the hamstring's. I would personally do them both.
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