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Deadlift Help?


#1

I've just started to work deadlifts in to my routine. I'm concerned because as I pull the weight up, my back arches considerably. How dangerous is this? Should I just lessen the weights for now?


#2

Bad form from the beginning teaches bad form throughout. Drop the weights and do it correctly. You could also do sumo pulls to get the groove. I have been warming up sumo style before doing regular deads. I think it helps.


#3

Yes, it is very dangerous to arch your back. You could herniate your spinal discs. As with any athletic movement, it is best to leave the ego at the door and start with a low enough weight which permits you to learn proper form. I had to unlearn poor lifting techniques a couple years ago and I can tell you that it is much easier to learn it right from the beginning. Also from a training perspective, using proper form will ultimately allow you to lift much heavier weights.