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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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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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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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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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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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Why are deadlifts so important?

What makes deadlifts such a good, even essential exercise? To me, it appears inferior in every aspect. Want to train your erector spinae? Do back hyperextension. Want to train you posterior chain? Go ...
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What muscles are deadlifts meant to target?

If I am using the correct form while doing a standard deadlift what primary and secondary muscles are being targeted?
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Are multiple lighter deadlifts better than single heavier maxes?

My max deadlift is 350 (still gaining), but I can deadlift 300 twice. Is it better to focus on my 2 lift max or my single lift max to build overall strength?
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What is the correct form for a deadlift?

I asked my gym instructor to check my deadlift form last night and he said I was doing it wrong. According to him: My hips were too low at the starting position - he says the hips should be as high ...
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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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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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What is the primary difference between mixed grip and overhand grip for 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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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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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. What ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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Squats and deadlifts after knee surgery

I'm 22 years old and had knee surgery almost 7 months ago to fix damaged cartilage (I was a distance runner). The damaged cartilage was right in the weight bearing portion of my knee (medial femoral ...
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Will grip strength automatically increase with deadlift?

I've been deadlifting now for 7 workouts, increasing nicely, but for the first time today I could feel my grip starting to give way. With another 5kg being added next workout, I fear my grip is going ...
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What is the optimal height of the bar off the ground for dead lifts?

I'm still using universal weights (one day I'll move onto Olympic) and at most 25lb plates. This results in the bar being lower to the ground when performing dead lifts. I know dead lifters change ...
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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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Deadlift: Does it count as a set if you stand up after each repetition?

Does it count as a set if you stand up after each repetition during deadlifts (to take a deeper breath and brace more properly) which also includes resetting your grip? Background: I am training for ...
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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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Stronglifts 5x5 Deadlifts: Am I supposed to increase weight with only 1x5 each time?

I was looking at this program and it seems that deadlifting only 1 set of 5 repetitions each working day is too little to achieve the goal of adding weight each time. Or have I misunderstood it?
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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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What's the ideal way to maintain my deadlift with minimal recovery demands?

Briefly My deadlift is great and my squat sucks. I want to continue squatting 3x5 more and more weight while I keep my deadlift where it is. What's the best way to maintain my deadlift strength with ...
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How should I recover if I accidentally deadlifted 5x5 instead of 1x5?

I forgot that in the StrongLifts program you only had to deadlift 1x5 and accidentally did 5x5, will this hurt my recovery? Should I skip my next deadlift during my next workout B?
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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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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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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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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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Beginning the deadlift exercise

With so much misinformation all over the internet, how do I learn the Deadlift?
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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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Why are deadlifts so much more taxing than other workouts (say squats)?

Why are all of the workouts in the 5x5 Stronglifts program except the deadlifts? If I added an ab exercise to the workout (say Landmine 180s), would how do I know whether it should be 5x5 or 1x5?
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Should I do my deadlifts on leg day or on back day?

The way my workout is split is as follows: I do legs on Sundays which includes squats followed by deadlifts and then leg presses. On Mondays I do bi's and back. I do lat pulldowns, seated cable rows, ...
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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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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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Should I drop my deadlift to 190# while switching to StrongLifts if I can already deadlift 425# x1?

I've seen a ton of variations of the question but never found one that answered my question. I understand why only one set of dead lifts because of the squats. My question is why is the weight on the ...
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What are the different types of deadlifts?

What are the different types of deadlifts and what muscles do each work? I’m using a program and it calls for a deadlift on one day with a Romanian deadlift on another. But following the conventional ...
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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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Are online average deadlift stats realistic?

I'm a gym regular for a couple of years and am quite fit. My lowerbody has been trained less rigorously, but I am trying to correct it the past year. I did running, sprints and in recent months ...
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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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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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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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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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Deadlifts and squats with hyperlordosis?

Im 22 years old, 170cm, ~90kh weight, starting some efforts to get in shape. Im going to the gym 3 times a week, trying to stay in a 6-10 rep per set range, changed my diet to low-carb, trying to put ...
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Slight panic when weightlifting?

I'm new - more specifically I'm about three months into starting strength. Tonight for the first time I felt a slight panic on my squat and my deadlift. Nothing too serious - just thoughts that I ...
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What are some good 5x5 programs I can follow?

I'm looking to start a 5x5 program because I've heard that there are great benefits for beginners just starting to get into weight lifting. What are some good programs, and how can I pick the one that'...
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