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Why are deadlifts so important?

Most of the real-life movements and lifts we do (i.e. not in the gym), are movements where you have to recruit a bunch of different muscles at once. For instance, when you stand up from your bed, lift ...
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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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Why are deadlifts so important?

The deadlift is one of the simplest and most effective strength exercises. You don't have to do it but it's one of the best. People consistently recommend the deadlift because it is one ideal ...
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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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Are online average deadlift stats realistic?

A few points about your situation. The sites you linked to (as is common practice,) are providing 1 rep max lift numbers. You have to derate your lift ability when doing more than 1 repetition in a ...
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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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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 does gloves make grip worse?

Gloves can lead to a worse grip in a few ways: It prevents you from developing calluses where you need them for holding the bar. They provide an extra width of material between your hand and the bar, ...
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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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Should the barbell touch my shins in deadlift?

Like most areas of fitness, it's pretty easy to find conflicting advice. That said, I think most would agree that keeping the bar as close as possible to the legs on the way up allows you to lift more ...
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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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Are online average deadlift stats realistic?

The first thing to note, and perhaps the most important, is that our ability is naturally variant. Averages can be informative, but they have to be understood within the context of considerable ...
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How does one safely fail a deadlift?

If you feel a deadlift going wrong, put it down or drop it.
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Why is it easier to lift weight using a belt?

Previous answers all missed a crucial aspect... the belt works by allowing you brace your abdominals against it. It doesn't "support" the back. It allows YOU to better support your midline/trunk/core/...
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Romanian Deadlifts: Do they focus on Lower Back or Hamstrings more?

The answer is that they work both, with the greatest emphasis being on the hamstrings. An easy way to look at an exercise and determine what muscles are being worked, look at the motion and determine ...
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Does the "stabilization argument" also hold for pull exercises?

The stabilization argument is only one of several in favor of free weights, and it has been narrowed in the public consciousnessness to a facsimile of itself. The point is not entirely about "...
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Deadlift Form Check

The good news is that you've correctly identified the only issue I see. That's two positive things: the rest of your deadlift form is good, and you're able to see/feel what you're doing wrong. That's ...
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Dumbbell deadlift vs. squats

There's a crucial difference between dumbbell and barbell deadlifts that you're missing out on. In a straight bar deadlift, the bar limits how far forward the knees can travel. This limits how much of ...
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Why do we push knees out into forearms when deadlifting?

It is a cue for external rotation at the hip which engages the glutes. One of the functions of the glutes is the externally rotate your femurs. Cuing “knees into forearms” contracts your glutes, which ...
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Should I lock out my hips while locking out my kness, or after, during a clean deadlift?

“Early knees” is a common cue. “Early knees” is a common cue used among powerlifters, referring to locking your knees as early as possible in the deadlift. It’s more often used for the sumo deadlift, ...
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Punching fists down makes chest more engaged than lats...?

Am I doing something wrong Yes, you're listening to Jeremy Ethier. The idea of muscle "activation", in the sense that certain muscles can "switch off" or "fall asleep" ...
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Is it important to retain tightness on deadlift eccentric?

Depends on your goals. Controlling the eccentric of the deadlift adds considerable fatigue to each set because it adds additional time under tension. If your main goal is strength pulling from the ...
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Dead lift - Is it better to pick up racked weight or start from the ground?

What you seem to essentially be doing right now is starting with a negative for your first movement, which means that technically, your first lift is not a valid dead-lift, but something closer to a ...
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