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Conflicting Info on DL


In this article; http://www.T-Nation.com/training/excelling-at-the-big-lifts

the author advises the reader that "keeping the shoulders together and down when setting up" for the deadlift is the best approach.

However, in this article; http://www.T-Nation.com/training/the-dead-zone

the author says this is one of the biggest mistakes you can make when deadlifting.

So, which is it? Why?

I have always pulled my shoulder blades back when deadlifting, but recently I tried this "rounded upper back, arched lower back" technique with some light weight and my first impressions were very positive.


Use the technique that allows you to lift the most weight with the fewest injuries. There is no “right” way.


On a heavy deadlift, your shoulders are gonna go down anyways. And as for keeping your shoulders pinched, it helps to keep the spine in a neutral position, and to avoid rounding your back.


His shoulders are down but not pinched together in his videos.