I’ve been working out for around 4-5 weeks now, Monday and Thursday, doing deadlifting and bench pressing, and exercises to help those 2 lifts.
I thought I was doing everything right, but yesterday when I was deadlifting, the owner of the gym told me that it looked like I was doing a stiff-leg deadlift rather than a regular deadlift.
I do them non-sumo style. I’m 6’ 6" , and currently my pr is 265.
Here’s how I set up. I walk up to the bar place
my shins so they’re touching the bar around shoulder width apart.
I then bend down and grab the bar,1 hand facing in,one facing out.
Here’s where the dilema is.
When I set up, I keep my butt as high as I can, and I keep my chest up, but when I’m in the ready position, my torso is parallel to the ground. When I start the pull, I pull with my traps, and with my legs. My legs aren’t bent very much when I start, but it feels good to do it that way. All of the tension is in my glutes and hamstrings, and my lower back is sort of just a stabilizer muscle. I think I’m lifting the weight a lot with my glutes.
The gym owner wants me to think of it like a squat, but instead of the bar being on my shoulders, it’s on the floor.
I tried it his way, and either I’m not doing it right, or he’s wrong, because my back is more sore now than it ever was doing it my way.
I don’t think there’s really a “right” way to deadlift, and there seems to be alot of differing oppinions.
On this site the article Precision Pulling by Mike Robertson, says to keep the hips high, and the chest high,and not to make it a reverse-squat.Precision Pulling is the article that I’m using for the deadlift, but I may be mis-interpreting it.
But on Charles Staleys site, he says to treat it like a squat, except the bars on the floor.
Really all I want is to be able to pull the most weight. It feels correct to me the way I’m doing it now, which I’m told looks like a stiff-legged deadlift, anthough my legs aren’t straight.
I’m not really sure what my question is. I want to ask am I deadlifting correctly, but is there such a thing?
Anyway, here it goes. Am I doing it right?
I know, no video, but hopefully I described it well enough
Thanks for any comments.