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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Beginning the deadlift exercise

With so much misinformation all over the internet, how do I learn the Deadlift?
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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Is it Necessary to Make Noise While Deadlifting Or Wear A Belt

Background I've been deadlifting for about a year at home and have managed to have a 1RM of 405 lbs (more than twice my body weight). Because I had no intention of disturbing my downstairs neighbors, ...
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How can someone improve grip strength?

During dead-lifts, when the barbell is in its highest position (off the ground), I'm loosing my grip. I try my best to hold tight, but I can't stop my fingers from uncurling from around the bar. ...
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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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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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Should the barbell touch my shins in deadlift? [duplicate]

I'm extremely confused about this topic as each source gives a different opinion. Here, for instance, but also in this video, it is said that the barbell must touch the shins. The first source says: ...
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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 ...
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Why is it easier to lift weight using a belt?

As question states, I can life a lot more on deadlift and squat by using a belt to brace against, why? Is it cheating?
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Why do deadlifts make my obliques sore?

My obliques are sore, I think from PR deadlifts that I did yesterday, because all I did other than that was squats (not PR... rebuilding from a deload), and bench press. I've felt this before, too. ...
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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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How much important it is to keep a neutral spine during heavy squat and deadlift?

Keeping a neutral spine have been traditionally considered a must in lifting exercises, especially heavy ones like Squat and Deadlift. The reason I've always been told is that it evenly distributes ...
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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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