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Deadlift Form Check

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#1

Hey everyone. So I have another form check video in store here if you guys would wanna take a look. I did 300 x 9 today. The first 8 reps felt solid, but the 9th got away from me (I don’t know how the hell I ended up locking it out). The advice given on my previous form check video was pretty stellar and made my squats feel a lot better today as well, so I have high hopes for this. Haha. Thanks in advance.


#2

@T3hPwnisher (I’ve seen your 500 x 11 pull. Fantastic stuff.)
@chris_ottawa (you have an awesome deadlift too.)
@gaelic (your Deadlift is on par with chris_ottawa’s pull, so that’s pretty great).


#3

495+chains for 12, but who is counting, haha.

Hard to see anything specific from the front. Looks good enough.


#4

Even better, haha. Crazy strength.

Also, today I join the ranks of 2x body weight pullers everywhere! This benchmark has been eluding me for months by 5 or 10 pounds, but today I finally got it. And, even better, I’m somewhere around 20 pounds away from a 405 Deadlift! I can see why you guys recommend 5/3/1 so much. Phenomenal program.


#5

I’d say that you shouldn’t worry too much about online critiques on form. Focus on what feels comfortable and strong… none of the top deadlifters have textbook, generic form. There’s a lot of nuances that can easily make a difference of 100 lbs. Just keep in mind a few basic principles like keeping the bar close and maintaining a safe lumbar spine position. The more your practice, the better your form will be so don’t just deadlift once a month!!


#6

Yeah, I think you’re right. I’m fast off the floor, mostly due to my high-hipped setup, but lockout sometimes gives me trouble. I know strongmen such as Brian Shaw like to “squat their deadlift”, so to speak, and he pulls over 1000 lbs. But I agree that form is an individual thing.

Check 7:00 onwards for Brian Shaw’s way of deadlifting as performed by Ben Smith.


#7

shaw sets up a certain way, but if you actually watch the bar break the ground his hips are pretty darn high


#8

A video from the side or from the front but off to side would’ve been handy so we could have a look see at your start position (probably all kinds of back rounding action).


#9

Yeah, I actually just noticed that.


#10

The next time I pull, I’ll record from a different position. I’ve been working on correcting lower back rounding in the movement (which I think is why the lockout on that 9th rep was so hard). I’ve filmed from the side on earlier sets, and my upper back rounded a bit on the later reps of the set, but my lower back stayed straight.


#11

Absolutely bad video angle. Post your video from a side view.

Edit: Somebody wrote it to you so you know it.


#12

Will do.


#13

Also, I didn’t see your log before I replied last night. I just wanted to say, sick fucking lifts.


#14

thank you, keep watching videos of top deadlifters and keep an eye out for body proportions - leg length, torso length, arm length and even stuff like flat feet. Try to mimic the form of someone similar to you and work on it from there. I was watching your video closely and noticed you have similar proportions to me and seem to have a slight leg length discrepancy - do you have flat feet or overpronate by chance?


#15

Super flat feet. I also lift in workboots, which sucks. Can’t afford shoes just yet. I’ll be on the lookout for those kinds of videos. Thanks for your advice.