1 Leverages vary from person to person. I don’t necessarily believe in ‘normal’ as it relates to the deadlift. There are certain principles that work universally, but everyone has different strengths, and those are highlighted in the deadlift. So based on that, everyone has a different ‘sweet spot’ from which they initiate their pull.
2 I don’t actually scrape my shins with the bar. Not everyone does. My opinion is that it’s not necessary.
3 Your shins are likely angled slightly backward at the initiation of the pull. shoot your knees slightly forward to counterbalance. You definitely want to be pulling backwards, but at the start of the pull, your center of balance should be closer to the middle of the foot. That being said, falling backwards is not the worst mistake to be making, it’s much better than the opposite.
5 This is pretty much the same as 1
6 I’m the opposite, but my body type is much different from yours. I’ve seen quite a bit of variation in belt use, so no big deal. I’ve also seen belt-less 800 deadlifts, fwiw.
It doesn’t hurt to play around with your stance and figure out what works best for you. As I said before, body-type greatly affects optimum pulling style, so you should try a lot of things. Also, uncomfortable is not always bad.
Keep it up, your efforts in improving your technique now will absolutely pay off in the long run![/quote]
All good info, thanks. I definitely noticed a sweet spot, I just need to practice to replicate it consistently. I was only going down that far just cause that’s what Dan Green does, and he’s a beast, so I started my trial and error with what he did. But, like you said, everyone is different. My strengths seem to be my back, traps, hammys, so I will start with a more rigid angle opposed to parallel.
I fall over when I start pulling back instead of up then back. ON 225 I damn near knocked over my rack I fell so hard haha, thank goodness that wasn’t videod.
I will say this. Pulling 425 a few times on sumo this week opposed to a couple weeks ago was a lot easier on some reps, and not doable on others, all due to form.
I think I’m going to try and do more rep work with deads at around 315 and play around with it. I won’t need much time to recover from that weight, and I can find out what seems easiest on the pulls.
I really feel all my strength is on the back side of my body opposed to the front. So, my next form test will be a cross of Dan Green and Brandon Lilly. Lilly is almost straight legged, dan is almost parallel. I’ll go in the middle and see how it goes as my next starting / testing point.