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Arched Back For Deadlift?

whenever you’re supposed to do deadlifts, r u theoretically supposed to have an arched back throughout the entire movement? or at least a straight back?

im asking because whenever I see anyone deadlift and whenever I deadlift, their backs r never completely straight. Even Eric Cressey didn’t have an arched back in a video of him deadlifting.

[quote]B.b. in stress! wrote:
whenever you’re supposed to do deadlifts, r u theoretically supposed to have an arched back throughout the entire movement? or at least a straight back?

im asking because whenever I see anyone deadlift and whenever I deadlift, their backs r never completely straight. Even Eric Cressey didn’t have an arched back in a video of him deadlifting.[/quote]

theoretically you are supposed to maintain a natural arch. however, when people pull for PRs and compete, they end up sacrificing form in order to move big weight. Eric Cressey prefaced his lift video by saying that as well.