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Why is "squatting the deadlift" bad?

The article's explanations for why you shouldn't try to squat a deadlift are wrong. Positioning your hips too low does not put more stress on the lower back, and does not meaningfully shift your ...
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How to overcome grip strength as sticking point for deadlifts?

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 ...
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Deadlift - weight & reps too light & too many?

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 ...
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How to become good at lifting and holding my girlfriend in arms?

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 ...
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Why is it easier to lift weight using a belt?

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 ...
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Why are deadlifts so much more taxing than other workouts (say squats)?

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 ...
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Deadlift: Does it count as a set if you stand up after each repetition?

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 ...
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What is the proper way to grip a bar for heavy deadlifts?

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. ...
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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?

Yes, it's the right thing to do. Your shoulders should be retracted at the end of a deadlift rep. Those videos have the answer. The deadlift is not finished until you achieve full (but not over-) ...
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Holding Deadlifts at the Top

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 ...
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Deadlift - weight & reps too light & too many?

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 ...
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RDL vs Stiff Deadlift

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 ...
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How do you keep the barbell close to your legs when doing the Romanian Deadlift?

Romanian deadlifts are not synonymous with stiff-leg deadlifts. In the Romanian deadlift, we hinge at the hip and rock backwards, allowing the knees to bend only enough to align our combined centre of ...
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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?

The 2019 IPF Technical Rules Book includes these items which will lead to your deadlift being disqualified in a competition (see Page 9 of this PDF): "Failure to lock the knees straight at the ...
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How to overcome grip strength as sticking point for deadlifts?

Lifting gloves get in the way and make your job harder. I recommend going without. Chalk helps enormously to prevent sweat from making the bar hard to grip. Buy a block of rock climber's chalk for a ...
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How can the conventional deadlift be harder at the top than the bottom?

When I was coached for the deadlift, I was advised that the first inch is the most important, followed by the distance up to the knee line. Past that you're generally in the clear. That's anecdotal, ...
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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?

A year is plenty of time to hit a double bodyweight deadlift if you're focused on strength. It took me about a year and a half of squatting and deadlifting two to three times a week (alongside other ...
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Deadlift with spinal flexion [Jefferson Curl]

The common practice stems from the widespread-but-fallacious belief that loaded spinal flexion inherently causes injury, and this belief originates largely from studies of intradiscal pressure in ...
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Homeworkout alternative to deadlifts

There is no single alternative to the deadlift, because the whole point of the deadlift is that it does so many things so dramatically. It can be loaded more than nearly any other exercise. If this is ...
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What exercises to do for posterior chain if I have shin splints?

Shin splints tend only to be affected by impact exercises—running, skipping, and jumping—or exercises that load the tibialis anterior. Squats and deadlifts should neither aggravate your shin splints, ...
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You've heard it said, "Lift with your knees, not your back." What in the world is a deadlift, then?

Try to think of deadlifts as lifting with your back, but in a controlled, symmetrical and familiar manner. Generally, back injuries don't arise from simply lifting with your back. Problems arise when ...
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You've heard it said, "Lift with your knees, not your back." What in the world is a deadlift, then?

"Lift with your legs, not with your back" is a slapshod workaround to the real problem, which is that people are weak. Their backs, in particular, are weak. What fixes weak, injury-prone backs? ...
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I bench and squat way more than what I deadlift?

(Possible) Reasons Why You Squat More Than Deadlift Your form is bad in both exercises. Without a video or someone checking your form, this can't be (dis)proven. You don't like deadlifting; as a ...
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When is 5x5 deadlifts too much volume?

There's a few things to consider. First is where you are on the strength spectrum. A novice doing "5x5", while probably not the smartest idea in the world, isn't nearly as damaging as an advanced ...
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Is it Necessary to Make Noise While Deadlifting Or Wear A Belt

Taking your questions one by one: (1) The eccentric portions of lifts are known to both cause more soreness and be more prone to injury. Combined with the extreme weights that are lifted during a ...
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Should beginners be doing Rounded Back Deadlifts in a beginner strength training program?

There's the answer in the general case, and there's the answer for this case. First this case, then the general. You Are Fucking Around Starting Strength, but with carrying exercises...StrongLifts, ...
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Why is it easier to lift weight using a belt?

In short - belt gives better stabilization. Why not to use it? Well, you wish to have great stabilization... You would like to use that muscles, not to support them. Is it cheating - since that is ...
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Squatting a day after Deadlift

No, there is no obvious problem with squatting on the day after deadlifting. Squatting and deadlifting during the same workout is fairly common, and fine.
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On what should a deadlift beginner try to improve?

I would suggest starting with the barbell on the floor. If you can't, or won't, and the blocks are necessary1, then I would find some way to safely elevate yourself to the same level. Once you and the ...
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In double overhand grip for the deadlift, do the fingertips touch the palm?

If the bar is slipping from your grip that's generally a sign that you need to grip the bar better. That could mean gripping tighter, which is always helpful, but it could also mean using chalk or, ...
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