I’m a delurking newbie with a question.
In addition to being a newbie, I’m a recent “deadlift convert” - you guys talk about deadlifts so much that I decided that I should give 'em a try (that’s not exactly true, but… ), and the rest is history: even after only a month or two of doing them, I can see a difference in my upper back, and I can definitely -feel- a difference in my workouts. Thanks guys!
Of course, it being a new movement for me, I’ve been a little paranoid about maintaining good form, which leads me to my question.
I was doing deadlifts yesterday at my local YMCA and one of the staff came over and tried to correct my form, but (and I’m very, very likely in error here) I’m not sure he was right.
What he wanted me to do was to shrug my shoulders at the top of the lift. I’m not talking about a little flexing, but an actual, honest-to-goodness shrug. He seemed to believe that this was necessary for completing the deadlift movement, but in all of the research that I’ve done, and even at looking at some of the more respectable lifters in the gym, I’ve never seen anyone (except this staff member, and the guys that he was “correcting” in previous weeks) ever do the shrug thing.
What I want to know is whether I’ve completely misunderstood what a deadlift is, and, perhaps more importantly, are there downsides to following the staff member’s directions (ie, increased risk of injury, focusing too much on the traps at the expense of everything else, etc)? I’d really appreciate anyone’s thoughts on this. Thanks in advance.