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"That muscle." There's a classic quote about the power clean, attributed here to Charles Staley, that applies to your question: "You know when you run down the field, catch the ball and then hit a defender? It works that muscle." The deadlift works all the muscles. However, it's not quite the same as the running-jumping-hitting-the-defender athleticism ...


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Double OverHand (DOH) grip is most commonly taught to beginners for a couple reasons: It feels more natural It avoids the feeling of twisting inherent in mixed grip It's more important to start deadlifting that listening to complaints about how weird it feels. That said, there is a limit to how much you can hold that way. You can improve your grip using ...


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Practical Programming's Answer: 1-3RM For Strength From page 79: Strength, a basic objective of training and an important component of power performance, is gained using lower repetitions (1 to 3) with heavier weights (90 to 100% of 1RM). Notice that in this context, Rippetoe is using a narrow definition of strength that does not include power, ...


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There are several methods of increasing grip strength, and some of the principles that work the best you should already be familiar with due to the bodybuilding background. First, let's look at what causes grip to fail: Sweat. The sweatier your hands, the more the bar wants to slip out of them. Effective bar thickness. The thicker your bar, the tougher it ...


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As anything it depends on your goals. As a powerlifter and strongman, I have to lift heavy weights. For Powerlifting it's the heaviest deadlift, but for strongman it could be one set weight for as many reps as I can within a timelimit. That's very different from a bodybuilder who is looking for a better physique, where weight is irrelevant. Addressing ...


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I'm already squatting (80% my bodyweight) and deadlifting (little more than my bodyweight) as part of Starting Strength program. What else should I do? Absolutely nothing. Keep squatting until you're squatting 150% of your bodyweight. Keep deadlifting until you're lifting twice your bodyweight. Once you reach those goals it would be reasonable to consider ...


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This tip won't help for getting the first plate on, but for subsequent plates you can roll the bar-with-first-plate onto another plate (even a 5 or 10 will work) that's laying flat on the ground. This will give you just enough clearance to load on more plates without having to lift the bar. As for that first plate, you might be able to just rest the plate ...


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Grip will eventually be a limiter, but there are things you can do: Hold the bar at the top for an extra 10-15 seconds on your last rep Change your grip to a stronger hold Do grip specific work The first option will help get your grip stronger pretty well. There does come a time when the weight on the bar increases faster than your grip strength, though. ...


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After reading your comments to John P's quite accurate answer, I think the question you're really asking is "why are deadlifts so much more taxing than squats" (maybe rename the title if I'm accurate on that). If that's the case, I'd offer these up: Deadlifts put much more load on your thoracic spine, arms, shoulders, rhomboids, and hands. You can see ...


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It's a deadlift, meaning the weight should be dead on the floor. Touch-and-go or otherwise bouncing around is not a deadlift. Personally, I relax my grip and reset on every rep. My hands don't come off the bar, but I open my fingers, ensuring that the weight is indeed dead on the floor. The extra second this adds to each set is negligible and the benefit ...


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The hand should be wrapped around the bar as much as possible, but the wrist would be straight down. I guess that would mean the bar would fall on the palm right under the knuckle of the hand. However, a common issue, especially as the weight gets heavier, is the bar will roll away from the palm. There are a couple strategies people use to mitigate this: ...


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Stay the course. Your deadlifts are not heavy enough to worry. Add however much weight is called for by the program and do deadlifts 1x5 as scheduled.


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The deadlift is awesome I find deadlifts very productive. Since they're a multi-joint, multi-muscle exercise, they promote growth across the entire back and legs. Done heavy, I've found them very efficient at adding muscle. This is partially because I am a novice. It might be different for your situation. I don't know of many exercises that could be said ...


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If I were to do a split, I'd do the deadlifts on my "back" day, not the "legs" day. Here's why: both squats and deadlifts are compound movements that are best done heavy. They both do a good job stimulating whole-body growth. In contrast, curls, lat pull-downs and cable rows are exercises that target less overall muscle, which is fine as supplementary ...


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I would be a little anal about the issue and argue that deadlifts from lower than "official" or standard height are more accurately called deficit deadlifts, and deadlifts from higher than that height are closer to rack pulls, which are a partial movement. These are both fine exercises, but they create additional complexity. A higher start means you can ...


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You put the most important thing first. If you are working on your press strength, put it first. The advice to put squats first are for people who are brand new to lifting. Squats are the one exercise that take a lot of effort to get right, but have the biggest rewards as far as strength and muscle development go. If you've been lifting for more than two ...


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Changing the grip of a deadlift does not greatly change the targeted primary muscles, the exercise allows some significant variation in the grips used. Reversing the grip should not immediately cause you trouble, but it might be a bad idea in the long run for the following reasons: It is a weaker grip. The bar will have a tendency to roll away from your ...


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I've often felt there were two aspects to using a weight belt. The first being the psychological sense of security that the belt provides. Belts make us feel “locked in” and ready to lift thus providing a positive framework to perform the lift. The second and more important aspect is the potential support that a belt provides thus reducing the ...


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Powerlifting competition rules vary from federation to federation, but generally in the deadlift, the lifter is required to hold the bar in the locked out position until signalled by the head judge to lower the bar. At that point, they must lower the bar to the ground in control, which usually just means a fast descent, holding the bar until it is settled on ...


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The reason you only do 1x5 with deadlifts is because you already are doing 5x5 squats, making the deadlift an almost redundant exercise. As Mehdi says, since they target a lot of the same areas, by the time you get to your deadlifts you will be GLAD that you only have 1x5 to do. At the beginning when the weights are very light, you will certainly feel like ...


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The purpose of deadlifting is to get stronger at lifting things off of the ground. Since objects may be at different distances from the ground, you benefit from lifting from different heights. Competitive deadlifters might focus on the height of the bar with olympic weights, but that distance is arbitrary otherwise. Lowering height develops the back muscles ...


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I can assure you that with proper form it is safe, provided you take the proper precautions. I just squatted 200kg without any spotters a couple weeks ago. Deadlifts are less of a challenge, because it is easier to drop the lift. Use safeties with your squat rack (like these) Practice dumping the bar on the safeties with a weight you are confident you can ...


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This is standard barbell weight training as it has more or less always been. Your first four sets are just warm ups for your one heavy set. If we take my own program as an example I start even lower and end up higher. I calculate my warm up sets by ramping up from 20% (or the weight of the empty bar), 40%, 60% and 80% of my final pull. Even though I ramp up ...


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If you're deadlifting about as much as you weigh with a double overhand grip, there's no need to worry about your grip as a specific thing. The deadlift itself will develop your grip strength just fine for a while longer, with just a minor tweak or two. The Least Intrusive Grip Improvements The important thing to do is to challenge your grip as much as ...


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A big portion of it is simply the mechanics of the lift. Just try to stand on one leg in a conventional deadlift stance (sumo would be impossible). You run into the big question of what to do with the leg you aren't using. If you stick it in front of you like a pistol, grabbing the bar becomes nearly impossible. If you stick it behind you there is a high ...


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Deadlifting isn't fundamentally different than any other movement, so train it the same basic way as everything else. Since you're aiming for a combination of strength, athletic-performance, and muscle-size, you'll probably want to vary the protocol (aka the sets and reps to do) - e.g. for 8 weeks, lift for strength, then take a week off, then another 8 ...


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Main difference is how deep you go. Stiff Leg Deadlift you allow your back to round a bit at the bottom, might even stand on a platform to really emphasize this. Romanian Deadlift is more of a hamstring exercise where you're emphasis is keeping your back straight and forcing your butt backwards. Ideally SLDL is completely straight though not locked out - ...


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Summary I would stick with novice programming on this lift for now. A 5/3/1 might work, but I think it would be more efficient just to focus on making linear progression work. Why If your max deadlift is 350, it doesn't make a lot of sense to worry about your 1 rep max (1RM) or 2RM. At that stage it's more productive to focus on your 4RM or 5RM. You want ...


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Buy Mark Rippetoe's Starting Strength book and/or DVD to best learn the deadlift. As a preview, see this collection of coaching videos, this T-Nation deadlift overview, and/or this CrossFit Journal article (PDF). Then, get a coach or friend who knows the deadlift well review your form. A powerlifting, Olympic lifting, or CrossFit gym would be a good place to ...


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