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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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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What are the pros and cons of Jefferson vs conventional deadlifts?

I tried the Jefferson lift and it comes much more naturally to me than conventional deadlifts. But I can't find any quality research on this lift. I am especially interested in muscle activation and ...
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Deadlift form and individual morphometry

I'm a beginner lifter (female) doing Starting Strength. I'm having a problem with my deadlift form that I think might be partly related to individual morphometry. So, what happens is this: I set up ...
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Will doing heavy deadlifts once a week increase muscle size?

Because of time problems due to school, I only go to the gym once a week. On that day I do heavy deadlifts to get stronger (one of my goals), triceps, and calves. I'm small, and am wondering if this ...
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In double overhand grip for the deadlift, do the fingertips touch the palm?

The bar tends to slip down until my fingers are like hooks and the bar is barely touching my palm. Should I be gripping tighter?
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Why is the single leg deadlift stiff-legged?

I'm wondering why is the single leg version of the deadlift is usually performed with stiff legs. For instance, exrx.net and most of the youtube videos that teach the single leg deadlift show it with ...
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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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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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Tips to lose fat without running, jogging etc (have bad knee)

I am 27. I have a bad knee from doing dead lifts. Its osteoarthritis the doctor says, so not only did I give up deads but also am refraining from running or other such activities that take a toll on ...
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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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Deadlift relatively low compared to squat. Where am I weak?

My squat is currently 235 (see form check video) but my deadlift is suffering badly. Before I went on a 2 week vacation at work (where my gym is) I was pulling 225 with pretty good form but now I'm ...
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Herniated disc prohibits squats. What are alternative exercises?

I have a herniated disc...I went to doctor and told me that I could still lift weights as long as I don't do squats because of all the pressure that compress at the disc. What is a another ...
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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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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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What is the difference between a Deadlift and a Romanian Deadlift?

I understand they are meant to work out different muscles and RDL is meant to hit glutes more. What is a normal strength standard for them? If my Deadlift is 130kg 1RM what should I start at when ...
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Deadlift and Squats for Scoliosis

I have scoliosis and also going to gym at least 2 times in a week. For 2 years all my gym coaches said me "deadlifts" and "squats" are not suitable for scoliosis because it's pressing the back too ...
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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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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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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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Dead lift, best way to gain strength and power

I'm able to dead lift 5 sets x 5 reps @ 250 lbs OR 5 sets x 3 reps @ 300 lbs OR 5 sets of 1 rep at 400 lbs....the total weight differences are: 5 sets x 5 reps @ 250 lbs = 6,250 lbs 5 sets x 3 reps @...
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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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Why do I have a deadlift deficiency?

For a relatively long time now I have been doing Bill Star 5x5 type routine. Weight ~85kg with max bench 130kg, squat 160kgx5 but deadlift is low, I sometimes got sharp pain in my lower back when ...
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Deadlifts - should my legs ache?

I'm trying to ascertain if my lower back is a weak point for me and my legs are strong, or that it is just that my deadlift technique is missing something. I've been doing deadlifts once a week for ...
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Identify the muscle group associated with back rounding and straightening

I am trying to improve my deadlifts. One trouble area is the bottom of the deadlift when I just pick up the barbell and my back wants to round--though I resist that. I want to figure out what muscle/...
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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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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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Some questions about the deadlift

I have been deadlifting for about a month or so. Just today, I did 6 sets of deadlifts, with the last set at 60kg (132.27lbs) at 5 reps. There is a video recording of me on this last set here. Upon ...
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Isometric deadlifts instead of barbell deadlifts

Would an isometric deadlift be a good substitute for a normal, barbell deadlift? I know that's difficult to engage as many muscles in the same way as barbell deadlifts. (I read Are there any ...
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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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How much more weight can you hold with chalked hands?

I'm able to dead lift 270 at 5 reps without straps, after that I need to add straps to get to 400. How much more should I be able to hold if I used chalk?
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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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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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Back pain and stiffness if not working out regularly

For the last few years, I have found that if I don't exercise regularly, especially movements where my back is involved, I'm experiencing back pain and stiffness in the morning after waking up. I ...
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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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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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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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Combining squats and deadlifts: do deadlifts on light or heavy squat day?

Currently I'm doing 3 workouts per week: Monday, Wednseday, Friday. There's two workout templates, A and B, which simply alternate. It's basically the StrongLifts 5x5 and Starting Strength approach. ...
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Deadlift and Rack Lifts

My max deadlift (for now) is 435lbs, my above knee max rack lift is 605lbs, my just below knee max rack lift is 450lbs....does this indicate that my 'take off' is the weak part of the lift? and if so, ...
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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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Should I keep head in one line with the body?

I recently talked to a friend physiotherepist and she said that the head should be in one line with the body. (No leaning backwards/forwards). On the other hand I see many people tilting head ...
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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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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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How can I learn to deadlift with proper form at home?

I've recently started lifting at home, I have some weights, a bench press setup, a barbell and two dumbbells. I would like to include deadlifts in my workout but I feel like I'm not doing it with ...
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Lower back pain Deadlifts [closed]

The other day I was doing deadlifts and as I started the movement (brought shins up to the bar) and did a legdrive movement, I felt a pain in my lower back. I immediately stopped and for the last two ...