The deadlift has been around since the dawn of mankind.
Of course, there are proper and improper ways of performing it. Here is a reminder of the proper technique to use during your deadlift exercises.
It starts with the barbell on the floor. Pulling from safety pins in the Power Rack is not a Deadlift but a Rack Pull. Starting at the top and then lowering the bar isn’t a Deadlift either. It’s a Romanian Deadlift. The “dead” in Deadlift stands for dead weight. Put the bar on the floor. Then follow these five simple steps for proper form…
Walk to the bar. Stand with your mid-foot under the bar. Don’t touch it with your shins yet. Hip-width stance, toes out 15°.
Grab the bar. Narrow, about shoulder-width apart. Arms vertical from the front-view, hanging just outside your legs.
Bend your knees. Keep going until your shins touch the bar. Don’t move the bar. Keep it over your mid-foot.
Lift your chest. Straighten your back. Don’t move the bar. Don’t drop your hips. Don’t squeeze your shoulders-blades.
Pull. Take a big breath, hold it and stand up. Keep the bar against your legs. Don’t shrug or lean back at the top.
In the following video, you will witness the incredible Brian Shaw lift 1122 pounds during his deadlift. Hold on to your chair!
Wasn’t that ridiculous? Feel free to share with your friends!