Chad suggests that for partial barbell deadlifts you should “only lower the barbell until it’s at the level of your upper shins.” Should we be doing these in a rack and touching the bar to a set of pins, or outside of the rack and stopping the weight on our own. Obvoiusly makes a big difference in the weight you can use.
Homer, good question ! I’m “obliged” to do this movement outside the rack without leaving the bar, because the holes for the safety bars are placed too high. In this way I can use only
80 % of the load I use for deadlifts, where at each rep I leave the bar on the floor.
Either method will work. If you want to increase your grip strength/endurance, perform the deads without the power rack. If you want to load up as much as possible to more adequately improve your lower back/hip strength, use the power rack and briefly rest the load between reps.