I gotta ask… Is the deadlift really even a safe exercise?
Lots of bicep tears with the underhand grip. Lots of puking mid lift. Lots of passing out after ONE repetition. Lots of back injuries. I’m gonna address these one by one. I’m just a silly ignorant man, but these are my interpretation of stuff.
Lots of bicep tears. Is there some technique to minimize the risk of this aside from alternating which arm to do the underhand? I don’t think there is, but is there? You can’t get around it. And the bicep tearing I saw on YouTube weren’t some rare freak accidents. They happen A LOT.
Puking mid lift… I’ve never puked mid lift during a squat. AFTER some high rep squats, yeah, when my conditioning was bad. But maxing out on a squat and projectile-vomiting? Never happened. Yet it seems to happen relatively frequently on people who deadlift. I just wonder what they were doing wrong there…
And why do some people pass out after doing a one-rep max deadlift? This doesn’t happen on squats.
There’s back injuries. To be fair this is the least of my concern. If Eddie Hall, Andy Bolton, and Benny Magnusson can deadlift over a grand without messing their back, I just have no excuse. And the fact that they got that strong with their long-term training without getting a messed-up back, healthy enough to do the 1,000+ pound lift on the day they needed it done, should say a lot about possible good deadlift programs. So is this just a matter of being conservative with your attempts and making sure your form is tight? Like I said, this aspect of the deadlift is my least worry.
I still remember, 16 years ago when I was 13 years old. I bought my very first bodybuilding magazine and it recommended the Push-Pull-Legs training split. In that recommended program, I still clearly remember it saying to never ever max out on the deadlift unless you wanna mess up your lower back. It stuck to me until I discovered powerlifting. Honestly I love the deadlift, but I wanna know if, compared to the squat or the power-clean, it’s riskier and more dangerous.
Last thing I wanna mention are the skin-tearing on your hands when deadlifting. Ouch…