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Conflicting Info on DL


#1

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.


#2

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


#3

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.


#4

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