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Deadlifting with Small Plates

Alright everybody, my gym has these small 20 kilo plates. So far I’ve managed to deadlift with them putting the bar on 2 10kg plates but now since I’m doing Rippetoe’s Starting Strength, I must do deadlift sets of 5 and that’s plain impossible on these plates. So the question is: Should I go that extra one or two inches down or master the technique of plate deadlifting?

if you are going to compete, i would say to make the bar get to the same height as if it had 45cm discs. now if you are not, a couple of inches isnt that hugr of a deal :slight_smile:

deadlifting using shorter plates will make you extremely strong off of the ground