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Deadlift Roll?

I have noticed on some of the videos posted on here recently that the lifters “roll” the bar towards themselves before beginning the lift. I have never tried this, does anyone else use this method. I am guessing it helps with momentum and gets you on your heels and pulling back, any comments? Also, is this valid in competition? Thanks for the help…

[quote]D-Rock112 wrote:
I have noticed on some of the videos posted on here recently that the lifters “roll” the bar towards themselves before beginning the lift. I have never tried this, does anyone else use this method. I am guessing it helps with momentum and gets you on your heels and pulling back, any comments? Also, is this valid in competition? Thanks for the help…[/quote]

Benni did it on his 970 pull, though the bar has to be momentarily motionless as I recall.

The main way it helps is by helping to potentiate the stretch reflex and get in more air prior to the pull.

-Dan