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DL: Shoulders In Front of the Bar


#1

About how much do you think having my shoulders a bit in front of the bar would hold me back/reduce my weight?

It seems that if I get my shoulders just above/a bit behind, my back bends woefully...

Thanks

PS: I began squatting.
3x/week


#2

Try pulling with your shoulders a bit forward and find out for yourself? Shoulder blades over the bar is a common cue.


#3

Shoulder blades OVER the bar?

... ha ha ha... so why on Earth was I trying to get my shoulders behind the bar then, since it felt worse than sheet?

Thanks.


#4

You do this for a couple of reasons. The biggest one being so you don't drop your hips too low. One of the BEST deadlift tips I ever got was "You can quarter squat a whole lot more than to can full squat" so try to deadlift that way.


#5

Thank you very much STB. :slightly_smiling:

Yep, when having my shoulders just above/a bit behind the bar, my hips are at ~ parallel, and I can't pull from that position...


#6

As long as your hips dont shoot up or the bar comes away from your body you're prob good. Videos help though.

My pulls are tiny, but I feel better when my shoulders are behind the bar moreso than in conventional. Just my 2 cents, since you have semi-sumo in your avatar


#7

By God. This is brilliant. Thank you for this.


#8

x2!


#9

Thats exactly what I said when I heard it. haha.


#10

Switching back to semi-sumo today (since I now know my technique is ok). Since my back stays straighter, it should mean I can recover faster => progress faster.

And, my hips don't shoot up, and the bar scrapes my shins when I DL. :slight_smile:

Thank you.


#11

blades over the bar for sumo or conventional?