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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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Does sequential position of squats and deadlifts within a workout effect the hormonal benefit?

Folks like Charters William are fond of saying that squats and deadlifts are vital for natural body builders due to their function of stimulating testosterone and other muscle building hormone ...
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Glute exercises for someone with degenerative disk disease

I have degenerative disk disease in my low back. I've been weight training for over 30 years and I've had degenerative disk disease for about 10 years. I've adjusted my training over the years as it ...
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Deadlifting with an extended spine [duplicate]

Some people say one should deadlift with a neutral spine, other says slightly flexed spine is okay too, but what about an extended spine? When I deadlift, I notice a slight arch coming in back before ...
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Bar path in hack deadlift [duplicate]

In conventional deadlift, I've read that bar path is supposed to be straight up. In the variation with the bar behind the back, however, I think it can only be done with a slight horizontal motion as ...
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How to improve hack deadlift lock out?

I am trying to do the barbell hack squat, but it seems my lock out is really bad. The main problem is that, the barbell drives into the knee joint making it difficult to straighten. It turns into a ...
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Valsalva maneveuer cycle in romanian deadlift

Normally in a deadlift you brace before you pull, and you hold till it comes back to the floor. Now, in Romanian, there is a constant tension on your body. So I would like to ask what is the proper ...
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Is it important to retain tightness on deadlift eccentric?

I notice that till now whenever I do the deadlift eccentric, I let myself fall with the bar and don't focus too much on tightness. This ends to have an end position with rounded spine as I am not able ...
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What are deadlifts good for?

I’ve been exploring various pre-made all rounder types of workout programs and have often noticed that they exclude deadlifts, even when they are all made up of classic barbell power lifts: bench ...
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Why is my squat much weaker than my deadlift?

I've always known that my squat wasn't particularly great but after reading some baseline figures for someone of my experience level (just over 2 years consistent training) I've realised my squat is a ...
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Does deadlifting with steel plates on a deadlift platform damage the floor?

Does lifting with steel plates on a deadlift platform damage the floor? This gym doesn't allow metal plates on the deadlift platform, only bumpers. The platform is on the first floor but there is a ...
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Neck position for reducing possibility of back injury in deadlift/squat?

I'm confused on how to get a neutral spine. Natural for me is to look straight ahead, but some say to look down for it ( eg: Mark Rippetoe for squatting). This Reddit post from thirteen years ago ...
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Placement of shoulder in deadlift

Some sites say the shoulder must be infront of barbell, 2, other's say it shoulder above barbell eg. But, I personally find it it best at a slight angle when pulling the barbell. Especially when I ...
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Should I keep back straight in jefferson squat?

Some videos showing people bending their back to pick up bar at very bottom eg. I feel this is quite natural to me too but some instructional videos, eg by Ryan Humiston say that one should keep ...
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Why is it said we do a knee extension in a deadlift?

This article I'm reading says that we do a knee extension in the deadlift. But, I can't understand how. I found this picture on the internet. In the above picture, we can see that the foot position ...
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Leg pressing the deadlift but not the squat, why?

A good advice I heard for getting more leg activation in deadlift is to leg press the earth away when doing the pull and not starting with shoulder. However, this same cue is not given in squat altho ...
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Punching fists down makes chest more engaged than lats...?

In this shorts by Jeremy Ethier, it is mentioned that punching fists down to the floor activates lats. I'm trying this at home, and while it does seem my lats are activated, it also at the same time ...
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Should I lock out my hips while locking out my kness, or after, during a clean deadlift?

In the starting deadlift form, we have to hinges : the one at knees and one at hips. I noticed in my lifts, that I unfold the knees and then separately unfold at the hips.
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Eccentric of clean deadlift form

During concentric, the deadlift is similar to a squat concentric followed by an RDL concentric movement. When it comes to heavier loads, it seems so the RDL eccentric directly leads me the barbell to ...
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Should I internally rotate legs pulling the deadlift up?

Normally before deadlifting, we externally rotate the legs outwards, I want to ask, when do the pull, are we supposed to intentionally rotate inwards? THanks.
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Knees feel stressed when going into deadlift position

Whenever bend my knees after hip hinging, I feel quite a bit of stress on my kness. What muscles maybe causing this problem, and how can I develop them?
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Is it common to be able to deadlift more on a hex bar than on a straight barbell?

Titular question says it all. Analogous to how barbell bench press typically goes much heavier than dumbbell version of the same.
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How does gloves make grip worse?

I started deadlifting with gloves now, and I notice that it becomes harder to grip the barbell with gloves. Is this because of the gloves or did I injur something? I searched online and some posts 1 ...
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Is max deadlift plus bodyweight a good approximation for max leg press?

I do not have easy access to a leg press machine but it would be interesting to know what my maximum leg press is, which is what I believe to be the strongest movement one can usually exert force-wise....
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Why is it bad to overextend the back when doing a deadlift?

It seems natural to me to overextend the back, as hips through would naturally lead to that on less than maximal lifts. Why are these exactly a bad thing?
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Octagon Lifting Plates on a Boat

I read a thread with most everyone saying octagon plates aren't good for deadlifts. Is this due to poor spinning collars of some barbells that use bushings instead of bearings and lack of adequate ...
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Why do we push knees out into forearms when deadlifting?

This is a step mentioned in some deadlifting tutorials I read. I can't get why this is done. Could someone elaborate?
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Is there an analogue exercise to deadlift for picking up objects at a distance?

Sometimes in life, it is just requirement to pick up things which are far away and we can't really get close to the object for picking it up. What exercises are there to train for such situations?
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Is the return of conventional deadlift to starting position actually just an RDL?

I am fairly certain they should be the same, but I have never read such a comparison being made on the internet. Could someone ascertain if my idea is right or wrong?
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How does one safely fail a deadlift?

There are ample guides for other power lifting exercises like squat or bench press, but none I can easily find for dl from a reliable source. Could someone explain how to?
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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 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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Sudden drop in deadlift performance

For about 2.5 weeks, I have noticed a significant decrease in my deadlift performance, while my other lifts (squat & bench press) have remained somewhat constant. I used to be able to deadlift 180 ...
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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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Data on difference between elephant/deadlift bar and stiff bar on sumo deadlift?

From what I understand, the elongated, less-stiff bars allow for using the bending to gain some height (and momentum) before the full weight is off the floor. This can be beneficial if the/a sticking ...
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How can I estimate my starting weight when I never trained deadlift?

I do a little weight work in my home gym but am just starting out. I have never deadlifted and don't own any full size plates - only a 1" bar and a bunch of smaller-diameter plates. Bumpers are ...
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Clean and conventional deadlifts: is one more advantageous?

Being aware about the differences in their respective setups, I wonder if the clean deadlift is a more advantageous technique, compared to conventional. A relatively advanced tip you start hearing ...
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How is the force transmission through the leg/thigh affected by the feet stance in Deadlift?

let's consider two extreme stances for deadlift (very narrow, which I see it is used by many powerlifters, and very large, i.e. a Sumo Deadlift). How does the stance change the force transmission and ...
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Why do many people start the Snatch with a very upright torso?

As explained there in an excellent way, performing deadlifts with a too upright trunk (or, equivalently, with hips too low) is not optimal as it puts the shoulders behind the bar, instead of above 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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Deadlift Form - legs vs back?

In this video it's described as a standing leg press to the knees, followed by back movement. I have a question about the standing leg press part. How much of that motion is coming from the legs vs ...
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Dumbbell deadlift vs. squats

I'm fairly new to heavy lifting. I've been working out at home with adjustable dumbbells (my only equipment). Working out 3 times/week, among the exercises I've had recommended are deadlifts and ...
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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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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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