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Main difference is how deep you go. Stiff Leg Deadlift you allow your back to round a bit at the bottom, might even stand on a platform to really emphasize this. Romanian Deadlift is more of a hamstring exercise where you're emphasis is keeping your back straight and forcing your butt backwards. Ideally SLDL is completely straight though not locked out - ...


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The differences are really subtle, and they can be fairly exchangeable as far as training purposes go: RDL starts from a standing position (bar rests on J-hooks in between sets) Stiff Leg DL starts at the bottom position (bar rests on ground in between sets) RDL allows more bend at the knee RDL is more like a hip-hinge exercise Stiff Leg DL hits the ...


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Should I be reducing my total reps for deadlift? What would a good target weight be, relative to bodyweight? Why are you thinking in terms relative to your body weight? Think in terms of more than you were able to previously do. Deadlift is very taxing on the lower back. If your goal is strength as you say then I would focus on reducing the total volume ...


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Deadlifting isn't fundamentally different than any other movement, so train it the same basic way as everything else. Since you're aiming for a combination of strength, athletic-performance, and muscle-size, you'll probably want to vary the protocol (aka the sets and reps to do) - e.g. for 8 weeks, lift for strength, then take a week off, then another 8 ...


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Should I be reducing my total reps for deadlift? 50 is a bit much, especially with singles, but you're lifting so little weight right now. The lower back feeling you describe can be quite normal, but you should still triple-check your form using video, and if possible, a coach or knowledgable gym buddy. Sets of 3-8 always worked for me--I've done ...


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As anything it depends on your goals. As a powerlifter and strongman, I have to lift heavy weights. For Powerlifting it's the heaviest deadlift, but for strongman it could be one set weight for as many reps as I can within a timelimit. That's very different from a bodybuilder who is looking for a better physique, where weight is irrelevant. Addressing ...


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The upper back rounding isn't a big deal. Basically if you're lifting a lot, they're going to round out. It's the same for the lower back too, honestly, once you get up near your max. It's not an excuse for bad form, but if you look at competitive power lifters you'll notice that they're right on the cusp of good/bad form. Check his form below. If he ...


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Overall, you have better form than I see in a lot of people starting out, specifically your lower back remaining in a neutral position during the entire lift. Question 1: Your upper back actually isn't round that much, which isn't a bad thing to happen either. Your lats play a role in internal rotation of the shoulder, so as long as they are tight and ...


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This might get closed as off topic, it's a bit subjective as to whether this is a "go see a doctor" type of response. But as a guy who's been deadlifting for a while, I'd offer up this feedback. This is based in my own personal experiences and discussion with my doctor. My doctor hates deadlifts because she has several patients a week coming in with back ...



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