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    What is a recommended article to teach a friend to deadlift?

    I'm trying to teach my friend how to deadlift.

    There are plenty of articles out there for deadlifts. I am not sure which one should read for a beginner (something that he will understand).

    Help? I know I could just tell him to just keep your back straight or arched... but I know theres more to it. Like, don't raise the hips before the shoulders.
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    Most trainee's problem with the dead lift stems from starting with their hips too high. Getting down where your thighs are about parallel to the floor or just a bit higher should do the trick. Imagine you are just pushing the world away from the bar with your feet.

    Other things like foot placement come into play. Establish a reference point on the top of your foot with the bar. Too many trainee's start the pull towards theirs shins rather then straight up. Using good form with a minimal amount preparation and thinking takes practice.
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    would it not be best if you showed him by doing it in front of him so he learns from your form and technique...plus you could point out any mistakes he makes. but you'll have to be patient with him
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    Yeah I'm going to show him, I shuld of asked for something different.


    I.e. Are there any strength coaches here? How do you guys show a trainee how to properly perform deadlifts? Like what to look at, how to tell him how to execute the movement; like "Don't just pull up, try to pull back" if you get my point.

    Sampson, that was helpful, thanks. As for the T-nation website, that seems a bit more advanced, I'll try and get him to read the entire article lol.
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    Okay, so I got him to do the deadlifts. But I felt kinda gay watching him. I just made sure ...

    - His shins were closer to the bar.
    - His hips were low enough.
    - Told him to keep his chest up.
    - I told him to try and keep the back straight or arched if flexible enough.
    - Told him to try and pull back not just "up"
    - Also told him to try and not let the legs rise before the hips/shoulders, and to raise them both at the same time.

    I shoulda video taped him and ask your guys comments... I got him to do barbell bent over rows and GOOD MORNINGS aswell, he didn't like the good mornings though.

    lol I told him, "Okay, here is the deal, if you really **** yourself up It's not my fault and you can't sue me. Don't say I already warned you." haha.
    Last edited by SkinnySadMan; 11-08-2006 at 05:32 PM.
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    New journal - http://wannabebigforums.com/showthread.php?t=86957 Boring I know, but whatever.

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    I don't see why you should feel "gay" watching him to make sure he's getting it right. He knows you're not into him and that you're just helping him out, and people do the same thing at the gym all the time (that's how I learned the proper form), so really, it's a non-issue.

    But anyways, if he's doing it properly he'll probably have red marks up his shins. It'll show that he's keeping the bar close enough to his body and getting the proper leverage. Just thought that would be worth mentioning.

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    His shins were about maybe 3-4 inches away from the barbell in the starting position. I thought his back was perfectly fine or straight even arched a bit. But on the last set, it started rounding a bit in the lumbar area but it wasn't rounding too much still. But what can you expect...it's the last set lol.

    We did 3-5 reps for four sets.
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