Deadlifts are one of the three power lifts. Using a barbell, the trainee lifts the loaded bar from a "dead" stop on the ground, letting the arms hang down while opening the knee and hip angles until standing upright.

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When is 5x5 deadlifts too much volume?

I am curious what the science is behind strength gains on the dead lift and when it is ideal to stop working on 5x5 rep scheme and switch to something lower, as low as perhaps 1x5. Currently I can ...
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Is it necessary to alternate the mixed grip for deadlifts?

When I deadlift, I'm using left hand over, right hand under. Are there any differences if I switch the hands? Are there any benefits to switching or cons to not switching?
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I bench and squat way more than what I deadlift?

So I am pretty confused here because my deadlift is supposed to be more than my bench and squat. Currently, my bench is 225 while my squat is 315. My deadlift is only 135. I don't know why this is. ...
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Deadlifts - should my legs ache?

I'm trying to ascertain if my lower back is a weak point for me and my legs are strong, or that it is just that my deadlift technique is missing something. I've been doing deadlifts once a week for ...
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Workout buddy deadlifts 1200? [closed]

So recently my old workout buddy moved due to work and I have a new one now, mid 20s in good shape and strength. The only problem, which is a big one, is that I suspect him of lying. He has been ...
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Deadlifts are tiring me out faster than squats and bench press?

I am squatting more than I deadlift but yet after as little as 5 lifts of deads I feel tired. I can cruise on the bench all day and it takes over an hour to get tired, and nearly the same with the ...
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RDL vs Stiff Deadlift

I started to do some Romanian Deadlifts (RDLs) in the gym yesterday when a guy came and said to me, "man, you are doing the stiff-legged deadlift wrong". Apparently those are two similar exercises, ...
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Deadlift - weight & reps too light & too many?

Although I've always been active in the gym and have done weight training (bicep curls, squats, chest press) yet I have only just started getting into deadlifts as I'm trying to train "better" and ...
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Some questions about the deadlift

I have been deadlifting for about a month or so. Just today, I did 6 sets of deadlifts, with the last set at 60kg (132.27lbs) at 5 reps. There is a video recording of me on this last set here. Upon ...
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Lower back pain Deadlifts [closed]

The other day I was doing deadlifts and as I started the movement (brought shins up to the bar) and did a legdrive movement, I felt a pain in my lower back. I immediately stopped and for the last two ...
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How to improve left hand grip strength?

During deadlifts, when the barbell is in its higest position (off the ground), I'm loosing my left hand grip. I'm trying my best to hold tight but I couldn't stop my fingers from uncurling the bar. ...
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Is there any benefit to Touch-and-Go Deadlifts?

As per the question title, is there any benefit to doing touch-and-go deadlifts rather than the more "full" reset deadlifts? That is, does the touch-and-go variant provide any specific benefits to ...
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In double overhand grip for the deadlift, do the fingertips touch the palm?

The bar tends to slip down until my fingers are like hooks and the bar is barely touching my palm. Should I be gripping tighter?
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Is double-men deadlift or squat or bench-press common?

I'd like to try them out with my gym buddy, is it commonly done in the gym?
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Should I keep head in one line with the body?

I recently talked to a friend physiotherepist and she said that the head should be in one line with the body. (No leaning backwards/forwards). On the other hand I see many people tilting head ...
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Is the deadlift necessary for an intermediate bodybuilder?

I have been lifting for 6 years (non professionally) yet never seriously tried the Deadlift exercise. Is this exercise necessary for intermediate\advanced bodybuilders in any way?
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Help with deadlift technique - bruised shins and knees

I've started using deadlifts for lower body work a few months ago and, despite having read a lot of descriptions and watched all the videos I can find, I think I am doing something wrong. When I ...
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When do you recommend using a belt for deadlifts?

I've been trying to dead lift heavier (up to 380), but seem to have reached a plateau...the biggest obstacles seem to be my grip strength (thinking of using straps) and pressure on the lower back. Is ...
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What are the pros and cons of Jefferson vs conventional deadlifts?

I tried the Jefferson lift and it comes much more naturally to me than conventional deadlifts. But I can't find any quality research on this lift. I am especially interested in muscle activation and ...
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Will doing heavy deadlifts once a week increase muscle size?

Because of time problems due to school, I only go to the gym once a week. On that day I do heavy deadlifts to get stronger (one of my goals), triceps, and calves. I'm small, and am wondering if this ...
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How to overcome grip strength as sticking point for deadlifts?

Coming from a Body Building background I have started experimenting with powerlifting recently. I especially like deadlifting a lot and want to improve my maximum weight for singles and doubles. ...
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Deadlift - belt or no belt?

The deadlift seems to put a lot of pressure on the spinal vertebrae. Is it safe to deadlift without a belt or does correct form completely eliminate the need for one?
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Resistance band deadlifts

I don't have a bar with heavy weights at home but want to incorporate deadlifts into my workout program. I experimented a bit with dumbbell deadlifts, but the 10 kg dumbbells I used feel very light ...
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Deadlift and Rack Lifts

My max deadlift (for now) is 435lbs, my above knee max rack lift is 605lbs, my just below knee max rack lift is 450lbs....does this indicate that my 'take off' is the weak part of the lift? and if so, ...
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Trainer told me to do 5 sets of 5 deadlifts. Should I be worried?

Everything I've read says to do 1 set of 5 deadlifts or you risk injury. Is this true? He is suggesting that I start at 115 lbs and move up to 175 by my 5th set, which is near my max. Would this be ...
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You've heard it said, “Lift with your knees, not your back.” What in the world is a deadlift, then?

I've done a lot research on proper form and near as I can tell the deadlift is a back lift. Doesn't this go completely against conventional wisdom? And when I'm out in the world, how should I be ...
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Presses or squats first?

The general consensus of exercise order seems to be larger muscle groups first, smaller muscle groups after. So squats or deadlifts would precede presses and pull ups. I started out doing that, and it ...
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Deadlift form and individual morphometry

I'm a beginner lifter (female) doing Starting Strength. I'm having a problem with my deadlift form that I think might be partly related to individual morphometry. So, what happens is this: I set up ...
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My Current deadlift is 116% of my body weight. My goal is 200% of my body weight, how much time should I give?

I am 27, weigh 185 lbs (23% body fat, goal 15%), and my current deadlift is 215lbs. I have been working on deadlifts for last 6 months. My goal is to lift twice my body weight. If I have to set a goal ...
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Effect of squat and dead lift on long distance running

I've primarily been a long distance runner, but I have recently started incorporating swimming and upper body exercises into my weekly exercise program. My latest addition is compound exercises like ...
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Mixed versus overhand grip on deadlifts?

Whenever I see instructional videos on standard deadlifts, the lifter is using either mixed grip or overhand grip; however they never go on to differentiate why they are using that particular grip or ...
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Why do deadlifts hurt my lower back

I recently started doing Stronglifts. My bar weighs 40 lbs instead of 45, so here were my starting weights: Squat: 90 lbs (5RM was 205 earlier in the year) Bench: 90 lbs (5RM was 190 earlier in the ...
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Proposed Olympic/Power Routine To Meet Unusual Requirements [closed]

edited in response to comments Below is a detailed mixed olympic and power lifting routine. In particular, I have annotated what seems to be the most unusual features. I currently use the routine. ...
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How can the conventional deadlift be harder at the top than the bottom?

This video is the example I'm talking about in particular. But outside this, I've heard of and seen people having trouble at the top of a deadlift while not having such trouble at the bottom. To ...
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Correct form and technique in single leg db deadlifts in detail

What is the correct form and technique for the single leg db deadlift in detail? I also want to know why one should do it in this way and not differently. What are common mistakes when doing this, why ...
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How to become good at lifting and holding my girlfriend in arms?

I want to be able to lift my girlfriend in arms and hold her while walking for a while. It of course shouldn't seem struggling and I should be able to talk, laugh or even kiss while doing this. ...
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Beginning the deadlift exercise

With so much misinformation all over the internet, how do I learn the Deadlift?
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Barbell Deadlift vs. Clean Deadlift

What is the main difference between a Barbell Deadlift and a Clean Deadlift? I watched these two videos over and over again and, despite each paging saying that the exercises work out different ...
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Difficulty adjusting to body after I fixed anterior pelvic tilt

I had the symptoms of anterior pelvic tilt, and measured it roughly by standing back and feet against a door and measuring the gap between my lower back and the door. I did the corrective exercises ...
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Isometric deadlifts instead of barbell deadlifts

Would an isometric deadlift be a good substitute for a normal, barbell deadlift? I know that's difficult to engage as many muscles in the same way as barbell deadlifts. (I read Are there any ...
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How long do I wait after a failed lift?

I just failed a 455lb dead lift, tried to down scale to a 405lb which I've been able to pull 5 of previously and failed at that too. How long do I rest prior to reattempting a previous max (405lb at ...
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Coming back from injury, advise on deadlifts

Coming back from a car crash injury, was going to the gym a lot but had dropped deadlifts, recently re added to routine on light weights just as I know they are essential. The injury was me ...
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Deadlift relatively low compared to squat. Where am I weak?

My squat is currently 235 (see form check video) but my deadlift is suffering badly. Before I went on a 2 week vacation at work (where my gym is) I was pulling 225 with pretty good form but now I'm ...
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What alternatives should a novice use when they're not flexible enough to do regular deadlifts?

A friend is starting to work out with me. Normally we would deadlift, squat, and do upper-body pushes and pulls. However, my friend seems to lack the requisite flexibility for a full range of motion ...
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Why aren't stiff legged deadlifts bad for your back?

It seems to me they go against everything safe about lifting! Lifting with your lower back and not your legs. Image source Anyone have any thoughts on the safety and science behind them?
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Differences between round plates and octagonal plates?

From the Stronglifts 5x5 Report (Page 44): By the way, if your gym doesn't have round plates […], switch gym. You can't Deadlift/Row correctly with octagonal plates. What makes round plates ...
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How different or “sub-optimal” is Deadlift if performed with reverse grip (both hands)?

Ok, Deadlift is a great exercise. But I don't dare lifting heavy yet, because of an old injury. However, when performed with reverse grip (both hand with palms facing forwards, I believe this is ...
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Why do I have a deadlift deficiency?

For a relatively long time now I have been doing Bill Star 5x5 type routine. Weight ~85kg with max bench 130kg, squat 160kgx5 but deadlift is low, I sometimes got sharp pain in my lower back when ...
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What's good technique to load plates when deadlifting?

I find it hard to load and unload plates when the bar is on the ground for deadlift. When the bar is on the rack, it's easy to put the 45 lbs on and off. But, when the bar is on the ground, it's ...
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Deadlifting yesterday gave me pain in my lats. What is the proper posture for deadlifting to avoid this?

Yesterday I did deadlifts in my workout, then I got pain in my lat muscles and also in the thigh. I think this was caused by wrong posture which also can lead to back problems. But I don't know the ...