I'd like to try them out with my gym buddy, is it commonly done in the gym?

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    For novelty purposes or as actual exercise? I'm not even sure how you can double-men bench press or squat. Commented May 29, 2015 at 1:25
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    I've seen a picture of a two man deadlift before, never heard of two men doing the other two. Seems like a very bad idea.
    – son15
    Commented May 29, 2015 at 9:25
  • It's pretty common in CrossFit team events along with synchronized kipping pull ups and a few other activities - See youtu.be/AYOr114S85A?t=283 (I've never seen bench or squat done this way though). I couldn't comment on whether it's worthwhile - it does seem quite contrived and an easy way to get injured if your partner lets you down.
    – ScheuNZ
    Commented May 31, 2015 at 10:52

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Sounds like an incredibly bad idea. Unless you have an extra long barbell, it'll be hard to both get a good grip, and what's going to happen when your friend suddenly drops the barbell halfway through a deadlift? Is risking permanent, severe damage to your back worth it?

People who injure their backs through improperly performed deadlifts often have pain on and off permanently, and not just pain when lifting but constant pain, the kind of pain that will make it hard to concentrate on doing your desk job.

In addition to being risky, it'll also be much worse as an exercise since you won't have the control to push yourself as far as you can when lifting on your own.

And no, it's not common, I've been lifting for 5+ years and I've never ever seen anyone try either.

  • I think the two man deadlift is one of those Internet things.
    – Eric
    Commented May 29, 2015 at 6:31

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