Questions tagged [deadlifts]

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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On what should a deadlift beginner try to improve?

I've been doing Deadlifts for 2 months now and I wanted to get some opinions on my Form (or if I should mainly focus on improving). I think that my lower back looks weird but maybe its just a layer of ...
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Why is “squatting the deadlift” bad?

In this article the author explains why squatting the deadlift (i.e. deadlifting with a too upright posture) is bad. He writes: This in turn both creates unfavourable leverages that cause more ...
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How can we make sure we are engaging the lats in the conventional deadlift?

In the conventional deadlift the shoulders are supposed to be slightly in front of the bar until the bar is well past the knees. As can be seen in this exaggerated example this causes the hips to come ...
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How does one lift a heavy box up from the ground?

Here are some pictures I found on how to lift a heavy box. Is this correct technique? Mainly I am trying not to hurt my lower back.
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Deadlift and scapular retraction

most of the people say it's wrong to do the scapular retraction (by squeezing blades) during deadlifts. This and this are two references which explain that scapular retraction is not advised because: ...
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Deadlift Form Check

I would like some feedback on my DL form please. My lower back seems to round a bit immediately right after I pull the weight off the floor. The rounding isn't as bad as it looks like on a cat when ...
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Heavy kettlebell swing versus deadlift

Starting to see some guys working out with Russian swings used heavy dumbbells or self made kettlebells.. Guys be swinging around over 300 pounds for high reps. This looks like a really cool exercise ...
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Form check: 100kg deficit deadlift

Cleared a nice round number today, so I figured I’d ask for a quick form check to see if I’m on the right track. I put my first two work sets on Imgur. (My battery was dying so I didn’t do all of them....
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Can deadlifting isometrically develop strength and stimulate hypertrophy?

I have a bar attached to the floor, rusted and cemented. I can grip it and it's at the perfect height for mimicking a deadlift. Would pulling on it as hard as possible improve my deadlifting capacity ...
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At the top of the deadlift (i.e., when you have picked up the barbell), are you supposed to roll your shoulders back?

At the top of the deadlift (i.e., when you have picked up the barbell), are you supposed to roll your shoulders back? Or are the shoulders supposed to remain the way they were when you grabbed the bar ...
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What exercises to do for posterior chain if I have shin splints?

What exercises can I do for my posterior chain if I have shin splints? Can I squat or deadlift?
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Squats lagging behind deadlift

My one rep deadlift max is about 50% more than for squat. I can bench almost as much as I squat. I squat best with a fairly narrow stance and always squat deep. What might explain why my squat is ...
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How do you keep the barbell close to your legs when doing the Romanian Deadlift?

In the Romanian deadlift, you must keep the barbell pressed against your legs, in order to minimize the stress on your lower back. Now take a look at the below picture of the RDL being performed: Is ...
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Does the “stabilization argument” also hold for pull exercises?

The argument in favor of free weight exercises like barbell bench press or barbell squat (as opposed to their machine equivalents) is that as you lift the weight, you also need to stabilize it, which ...
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Homeworkout alternative to deadlifts

What are some home workout alternatives to deadlifts? I don't have any gym equipment other than a resistance band.
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Wearing tights while doing squats and deadlifts

Is it healthy to wear tights while doing squats and deadlifts? I bought a pair of tights and did some squats and deadlifts, not problems at all but I am just worried whether it is healthy to do so or ...
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Deadlift with spinal flexion [Jefferson Curl]

Jefferson Curls as illustrated in the video is preached as good exercise for injury prevention and relief for back pain as well as flexibility exercise. From reading around sport forums it seems a ...
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What should a trainer do when deadlifting straps fail?

I have deadlifting straps that wrap around the bar to assist my overhand deadlifting grip. Excluding hook grips, mixed grips, and working on increased grip strength, what is the next step up? Are ...
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Routine for improving hip mobility for sumo deadlifts

I have always deadlifted in a conventional stance and have never had problems with hip mobility with my squat. Recently however, I found that when trying to follow “cues” in the sumo deadlift, such as ...
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Gyms nationawide are closed due to COVID-19. What is the best way to continue training for a powerlifting competition?

Across all of Canada, all GoodLife gyms, Fit4Less gyms, university gyms, and presumably other gyms are closed, and for a long time. I am training for a powerlifting competition and do not have my own ...
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Back issues with single-leg deadlifts

So I've seen the following post, but there doesn't appear to be any mention of what the shoulders should do during a single-leg deadlift: Correct form and technique in single leg db deadlifts in ...
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Unable to keep lower back straight during Romanian Deadlift

When performing Romanian Deadlifts (currently RPE of 8-10), I'm pretty much unable to keep my lower back straight after a few reps. In regular Deadlifts I don't have that issue (probably because the ...
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Holding Deadlifts at the Top

I don't have a specific photo to share but often when I watch powerlifters do deadlifts, they regularly pause at the top on the last rep. Why? Feeling proud of yourself and looking in the mirror? Or ...
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Is it typical for a person to feel discomfort while standing back up straight after a comfortable dead-lift set is completed?

After I complete some dead lifts, and lower the weight back to the ground and begin to stand back up straight un-weighted, I feel an uncomfortable stiffness (EDIT)in my lower back at the top of my ...
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How do I prevent lightheadedness during deadlifting?

Often when I deadlift, I start feeling quite dizzy after about 5 reps despite feeling that I am nowhere near failure. Usually, this makes me need to have temporary rests between reps and take a few ...
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Train hamstrings unilateral?

In my opinion, it's pretty much like common sense that it can be quite effective to not only train bilateral (Squats, Bench Press, Bent over Rows, Deadlifts) but also unilateral (Split Squats, DB ...
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Why does deadlifts makes you feel like you are going to pass out? Can it be avoided?

More than any of the other exercises that I do, whenever I complete a set (10 reps) of deadlifts (appx 175 pounds not as much as I see other people do), I feel the need to hold on to something or sit ...
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Strength program

I am 29 and been working out for about a decade now and feel like i hit a point where my strength is not developing anymore. My total in squat, deadlift and bench was stuck between 1305 and 1350lbs ...
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Only static training the erector spinae?

A lot of training programs only include Deadlifts, Squats and stuff, which not really take the erector spinae through a full range of motion, but rather only statically involve them by holding your ...
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What is the proper way to grip a bar for heavy deadlifts?

Should the weight of the bar fall on the palm of the hands or on the fingers?
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Romanian Deadlifts: Do they focus on Lower Back or Hamstrings more?

When setting up a workout routine, I opted towards the RDL instead of the "regular ones", because the owner of the gym I got to prefers us not to deadlift (don't ask me about it...) and I thought RDLs ...
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Dead lift - Is it better to pick up racked weight or start from the ground?

I have always started my dead-lifting by starting with a racked bar (I pick up the bar without the need of bending down), but recently someone told me that a better way to dead-lift is to start by ...
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How to engage Glutes in Conventional Deadlift?

Pre-Information:- Personal Information I have been going to Gym for last 45 days only. Watched Numerous of videos at youtube. Technique Understanding Understand Conventional deadlift is a ...
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Romanian Deadlifts vs. Back Extension

I'm going to a fairly small gym (because I live in a very rural area) with very little various possibilities when it comes to equipment and stuff. I'm doing back extension with extra weight for ...
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Deadlifts:Which is the best stance: normal or wide?

If you had to do one,the normal shoulder width or a sumo stance or something else, which one would you do for general strength training?I have noticed that glutes activation is more in the wide stance ...
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Can Deadlifts be used as a supplement to increase squats PR?

While I do BB squats I often do not have a spotter so in case of trying to get PR I find it a bit risky and hence my squats numbers are not increasing as much as I'd like to.But in case of a DL it's ...
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Resistance training and avoiding chronic injury: are squat/deadlift/bench safe?

My number one priority with resistance training is minimising the risk of chronic damage to my body over decades of lifting weights. I have found lots of conflicting information on this, and a lack of ...
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Hex Bar Deadlift: Should my upper back be sore?

Not sure how I can elaborate on the title - thanks for input.
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Deadlift/squat: should I spread or pinch together the shoulder blades? What can happen if I got it wrong?

I did squats and deadlifts with my shoulder blades spread (as a trainer told me - every exercise, he says, the shoulder blades should be pushed back spread). That correlates with some weird twitching ...
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How few weight lifting exercises can I do and still get a good workout of the back muscles?

I have just spent 1 month working out with weights in a gym. Currently I am doing pull downs (not yet strong enough for pull ups) and seated rowing for my back. The seated rowing seems to be involving ...
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Why I can squat but can't deadlift the same weight without indulging my lower back?

I am a beginner and can squat upto 175lbs but the same weight if I deadlift I feel my lower back .This is certainly problem as most people normally can deadlift much more than squat max.Maybe it's ...
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Deadlifting during and after MCL class Ii

I have not done a squat or a deadlift in close to 4 weeks. I overtrained and hurt MCL- based on what I read online I think it was a class II tear. I haven't had any pain for my re than a week. If I ...
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Movement for Good Morning vs. RDL

I'm rehabbing a pulled hamstring, so I'm doing weight lifting for the first time, on the instructions of the physio. She has me doing both "Good Mornings" and "Romanian Deadlifts". It seems like the ...
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Is it my grip or is it the bar?

I have 200 lb. hand gripper which is very accurate. I can close these grippers for about 2 reps perfectly -- and don't cheat using the other hand to "set" it. In general, my hands are stronger than ...
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Teaching Deadlifts and Kettlebell Swings

Deadlifts and Kettlebell Swings are both FANTASTIC compound exercises. However, in my experience I've found these exercises are frequently done incorrectly (with low back pain and/or intervertebral ...
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Squatting a day after Deadlift

In my Push Pull Leg Split, I'll be doing Deadlift on Pull day and next day, i.e leg day, I'll be doing Squats. Is there any problem doing this? Will you get any injury due to both have a great presure ...
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Stronglifts 5x5- How can I catch up on weak dead lift and bench?

I've started stronglifts 5x5 about 7 weeks ago. I have started out with a completely empty bar (20kgs) and moved up to the following: Squat 105Kg, Deadlift 102.5Kg, Bench 62.5Kg, OH Press 55Kg, Row ...
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What is the minimum amount of deadlifting sessions a week that is still productive? [closed]

I am a 44 yr old male. I have been lifting weights for 3 ~ 4 yr now. The beginning was difficult, but in the last 2 ~ 3 years I have made progress without injuries. I hit the gym twice a week and, ...
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Is a 600 lb. deadlift possible at 160?

My goal is to hit 600 lbs. RAW on a deadlift -- no straps, belts, suits, or steroids. I am currently 160 and do not plan to gain anymore weight. My max dead is 315 lbs. now. I would need to almost ...
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Deadlifts strength training

I wanted to ask if someone did only deadlifts as a workout what would there body look like. Would they have a disproportional body ? or would they have a symmetrical looking physique. I am asking ...