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With so much misinformation all over the internet, how do I learn the Deadlift?

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  1. Buy Mark Rippetoe's Starting Strength book and/or DVD to best learn the deadlift. As a preview, see this collection of coaching videos, this T-Nation deadlift overview, and/or this CrossFit Journal article (PDF).
  2. Then, get a coach or friend who knows the deadlift well review your form. A powerlifting, Olympic lifting, or CrossFit gym would be a good place to look for coaching. This might cost money
  3. Video yourself deadlifting and post it on Rip's forum or this site for a form check.
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Just out of curiosity, is Mark Rippetoe the ultimate source of knowledge on deadlift? Or is he up there with a few more good sources? – Leo Dec 30 '11 at 16:59
I would say that people other than Mark Rippetoe have also heard of, and can coach, the deadlift. But his book (and this process) is what I recommend. – Dave Liepmann Dec 30 '11 at 17:03
An alternate route: review the summaries that answer another Stack Exchange question. They use Rippetoe and StrongLifts. – Dave Liepmann Dec 30 '11 at 19:53

Use everything above as mentioned. Deadlift is not easy to learn and should be done with light weight first. Otherwise, one wrong move can mean a major injury.

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