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Counting Dead Lift Reps

[quote]Zap Branigan wrote:
Lift heavier and you won’t dream of doing big sets without pausing at the bottom.

I find pausing at the bottom and sometimes adjusting my grip or standing up makes me keep better form.

When I slip on form I hurt my back.[/quote]

The heavier you get with the weight the less you want to pause on the bottom, unless you are trying to work on your start, and then you might as well stand on something or just do a bunch a singles. I’ll be the first to admit that pausing the reps is harder but that doesn’t necessarily make it more effective. There is a lot of isometric strength necessary in the deadlift and the continuous set helps build that because it keeps tension on those muscles.