[quote]Tim Henriques wrote:
I disagree with the no negative idea. Deadlifts are just like any other exercise, negatives aren’t necessarily bad but they can be overused. If you are performing multiple reps you want to stay in position, a good chunk of being a good deadlifter is having isometric strength in your trunk and one way of training that is to do heavy weight with very low reps but another way of training that is to perform a lighter set of more reps (say 5-8 reps). For this I like continuous tension with a touch and go. A good negative (little bit of control but not a complete drop) helps set one for the next rep and incorporates a stretch reflex and more of a preload, both things which increase strength and safety. When I interviewed Vince Anello about his training (he had a 880 deadlift at 198, 810 in competition and the IPF world record for a time) he said he loved doing negative deadlifts, we incorporating them into our training (after being skeptical at first) and the guys seemed to like them. If you compete in PL you have to somewhat control the weight on the way down, not that it is hard but if you always practice dropping it then you might do that in a meet just as an automatic reflex. I have competed in old buildings, on the second floor, where at the rules briefing they told us we “had” to do a soft negative to not screw up the place. Finally, maybe it is because I grew up training in a commercial gym but I am not afraid to say it is freakin’ annoying to have somebody drop a big deadlift from waist height. Don’t get me wrong, the gym need not be a library by any means and some dumbbells dropping from a foot height or plates clanking together is music to my ears, but dropping 5 or 6 hundred pounds from waist height is damn annoying and if the equipment is not made for that it can easily warp a bar. If you choose to go negative free for your own training that is up to you but I would not be lead astray thinking that it is somehow wrong or dangerous to demonstrate a bit of control on the negative portion of a deadlift (or even perform full out negatives if you wish), a lot of good lifters have proven otherwise.[/quote]
Got to agree with this one. I think nothing builds the deadlift muscles like heavy rep work on exercises like SLDLs, RDLs, and regular old deadlifts. Max Effort work and Dynamic Efforts, on the other hand, should have a limited eccentric.