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Deadlift Question/Scapula Position?


I'm reading Ian King's deadlifting tips from the link below. I'm confused about the scapula position. Is it not suppose to be pulled together? Rather I should have no tension on it? Basically it should be in it's normal state.



Would someone please answer this for me quick? Thanks.


He says "scapula retracted/depressed". Maybe this is normal state for you, maybe not. I know that when I'm deadlifting I have to tense it to prevent it rolling forward.

Honestly, if you don't know what the above means, then you might not know how to depress your scapula. In which case, it's reading time!



Check the photos forum for a thread called "Deadlifting Fun." We had a pretty good discussion of how the upper back should be positioned during deadlifts.