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Unread 02-08-2013, 09:08 AM
tsisis1987 tsisis1987 is offline
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Default Deadlift Form Critique?

I would be very grateful for any feedback. This set was about 70% of my top set, but my form seems the same no matter how light/heavy.
My back always feels fine but my concern is that I seem to feel too much quad and not enough hamstring. I am long legged so I try not to lower my hips too much but do you think my back angle is acceptable?

Thanks a lot in advance.

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Unread 02-08-2013, 10:39 AM
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It *may* just be the camera angle, but it definitely looks as if you are rounding your back. Also, you aren't sitting back enough when you prep. Jet your butt out and keep a flat back, then sink your butt to the ground so that all your weight is on your heels. Then thrust up and forward contracting your glutes and hams and pushing through the heels.
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Unread 02-08-2013, 10:57 AM
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... you are rounding your back ... keep a flat back ... ***** contracting your glutes **** and hams ...
Pretty much what I was going to say. You seem like you are having a hard time getting into the position *before* you pull. Maybe working on some mobility so you can get in position better would be beneficial?
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Unread 02-08-2013, 11:31 AM
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The lifting phase needs some work, but it's the lowering phase that's real rough. The lowering phase should look like the lifting phase, just in reverse. Don't just slump over.
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Unread 02-08-2013, 12:24 PM
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Thanks for the reply. My only worry about sitting back more was that I read a common mistake is to drop the hips too low and turn it into a squat and it already feels quad dominant. Do you think if I can make sure it goes through my heels then this won't be a problem? Thats definitely something I'm doing wrong - it's coming through the middle of my foot.
Thanks again for your help.
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Unread 02-08-2013, 12:26 PM
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Sorry I only saw the first reply - two other great points.
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Unread 02-08-2013, 02:05 PM
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There are a lot of flowery power phrases to describe what you should be doing mechanically to perform a good deadlift that lifters and trainers are gonna wanna use to try and teach you what's right.

I think you'd find it would help you a lot if you simply focused on really puffin' your lats and traps when you're looking for a good back angle. Get those mid back muscles tight, and then set your hips/shins to the bar. It should get more comfortable.
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Unread 02-10-2013, 03:47 AM
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Thanks for the feedback - ill try and get another video next time I'm going them and see if I've improved it.
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Unread 02-15-2013, 07:08 AM
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Default Same issues

Thanks again for the comments - I spent a while in the gym last night trying to take it all on board, I couldn't get a video but I could feel my form was the same as in the video even at very light weights.

I think about all the issues things during the set up and I can keep an arched back during the set up but as soon as the weight comes off the ground my back follows the same pattern as in the video.

My question is - should I therefore stop doing them and start all over again at minimum weight after a few months of mobility work? Or should I simply cut my losses and stop doing them? I'm up to 185kg/408lbs x 4reps - so its hard to know what to do as they've been one of the main features of my fat loss phase which has focused on the big 3. I don't mind dropping them if its the right thing to do, its just working out how to fill the gap?

Thanks very much in advance for any comments.

p.s. my lowering phase has improved alot.

Last edited by tsisis1987 : 02-15-2013 at 07:10 AM. Reason: lowering phase
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Unread 02-15-2013, 07:57 AM
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I'm not going to comment on your form because I'm not qualified to do so, but from a risk-reward point of view, how do you justify lifting 400 pounds if you are not certain that you can do it safely? I assume you are not training for a powerlifting meet.
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