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Old 04-30-2008, 06:17 PM   #1
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What is the proper form for doing deadlifts? Does anyone have any links to good videos showing what the proper form is? I've started to go heavier now and I'm down to doing sets of 4 reps. With the lighter weights it didn't feel that unnatural. With the heavier weight it feels really awkward. My foot/leg placement doesn't feel right and my knees seem to get in the way of my hands. Thanks.

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Mastering the Deadlift by Eric Cressey:

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also, do not look at professional powerlifter's competition deadlifts for form reference. they have the worst form during their competition.
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also, do not look at professional powerlifter's competition deadlifts for form reference. they have the worst form during their competition.
Agreed. You generally will not see the best form as they tend to sling the weight (although going that heavy in comp I couldn't blame them )

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Thanks for the help.

I looked at all the links you provided and I think I need to pay more attention to my form and try to keep the movement smooth.

I guess struggling with a heavier weight brings more focus on my weaker body parts and makes the whole movement feel a lot more cumbersome.
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Cressey's articles should fix you up form wise. But if you can't perform a good one at your current weight then lighten up...or focuse on whatever weak points are causing your problems.

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I use to do deadlifts wtih bad tachnique, a rounded back as i was coming back. This is the most common mistake, deadlift like your doing a squat, head up back braced, and drive with your feet first. A test i do to determine if the weight is too heavy is get into the starting position, and look into a mirror to the side. I try for a half rep, and if it is too much, my back will automatically round, my nervous system calling it in to help my legs. I lower the weight until i can do a perfect rep, meaning a straight back.

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Well, doing a deadlift "as if you are squatting" is also wrong. It's just one of the extremes people go to. Straight back does not mean "straight up and down" or near so....you are shooting your lifts to hell trying to do that. Read the articles Anuj posted. Cressey explains it all better than I ever could.
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If your knees are getting in the way, you may try this variation of the DL. I saw it in this month's ed. of Muscular Development. I ignore the pro's training day setups, and most of their recommended exercises (like bicep curls, and other single-joint movements) but Warren Branch was dling with one leg in front of the bar, and the other behind it, it looked weird, but it seems to work. I'll try it out the next time I go lift.
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