I’ve always wondered about how my back rounds on my deadlifts. Guys that I see making crazy 800 pound pulls often round the back with no issue, and I’ve never had an issue with this type of pulling. The opposite really, since I started just lifting up the weight instead of worrying about a bunch of technique I’ve felt better in my back and pulled more weight. Is it possible some people can handle the stress on their back, like that’s just the way you’re meant to pull? Just an idea, would really like to hear what you guys have to say[/quote]
You posted a max lift that was also a PR, so I’d pretty much expect it to look like shit. It’d be much more useful to judge form off what you can do in the 80%-90% range. Likewise, I wouldn’t base my idea of good form off other people’s max lifts, especially if it’s a competition lift performed at the end of a full meet.
That being said, here’s what I see looking at the video: you initiate with the quads (good) but the bar doesn’t move and your back immediately rounds (bad). This indicates that your lower back isn’t strong enough to handle the weight you’re lifting there. The plates don’t actually start moving until you wrench them off the ground using your rounded back as a lever. Your glutes and quads are thereby taken out of the lift.
I wouldn’t ever advocate allowing the lower back to round, at least to the extent in your video. Some of the other lifters here, many of who could probably out-deadlift me, may disagree, but to me it indicates a weakness. If the upper back rounds, that’s different. You’ll see that on someone like Konstantinovs, who is mostly neutral in his lower back but quite rounded in the thoracic area. Newer lifters probably wouldn’t have the motor control to tell the difference though.
You’re 16, so hammering out technique and doing heaps of core work now will pay out huge dividends down the line.
So you’re saying as long as my work sets are done with a neutral spine and good form, bad form on a max deadlift is nothing to worry about?