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Negative on Deadlifts?

how do you perform it? thanks everyone!

Typically I dont. I lift, then lower it under control but do it pretty fast. I pause and re-pull. I feel trying to do it or concentrate on it can place alot of undue stress on the lower back

I could’ve sworn that it’s been advocated on this site NOT to do negatives on DLs, I can’t remember the article that said this and not entirely sure why. But I recon it can’t be too great for your back? The biomechanics for putting the bad boy down is quite awkward. I think that’s the reason why another article articulated “resetting” after each rep of DL.

I know my post lacks validity because I can’t provide the evidence… perhaps someone can either back me up or tell me I am flat wrong. =]

Start with the bar racked at the top on a power rack. Normally people can handle more at the very top then anywhere.

Then go for a slow negative/hold.

Thats how I have done them

Hope that helps,
Phill

i have found the same. and on top of that i been lowering without bending my knees and now the lower back just wont let up. BTW how long does it take you to recover, I cant do them more than once a week?

phill, thanks for the input but i don’t want to do negatives I’ m just trying to figure out what’s the best way to lover it without undue injuries or cracks in my foundation.

[quote]monte1978 wrote:
phill, thanks for the input but i don’t want to do negatives I’ m just trying to figure out what’s the best way to lover it without undue injuries or cracks in my foundation.[/quote]

Practice good form.

Ditto on the Nate Dog.

Keep the lower back in proper form… stick your ass back… bend the knees… and down you go.

I try not to drop it… but sometimes my grip will fail or if I think my back is going to lose form, then a bit of noise may happen.

If you aren’t lifting near max you should be able to just reverse and go after you feel it touch down – it’s all about staying in form.

Do you have a grain/feed store nearby? You know, a place that sells livestock supplies? If so buy one or two 6X4X3/4" STABLE MATS (for horses). They run a bit less than $40.00 each. That’s what I use for my gym. They are indestructable. Then all you need to do is show a touch of control on the bar and that’s it. No damage and not much noise. (unless your windows rattle!

if you try doing Romanian deadlifts for a while that will help with your form as well as strengthening glutes/hams/lower back.

thanks everyone! so you all lover it with slightly arched back while bending the knees. i’m going to get those mats as well.

[quote]sharetrader wrote:
if you try doing Romanian deadlifts for a while that will help with your form as well as strengthening glutes/hams/lower back.[/quote]

i’m relativly new to deadlifts, so how do you perform romainan DL?