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Shoulder Blades Pinned Back During Deadlifts?


May be a stupid question, so I'm posting it in beginners....when I DL sometimes I feel like my scalpulae come forward and my shoulders round forward. For proper form should they be squeezed back during all points of a deadlift rep?


Generally yes, always try to keep 'em retracted.


Pretend someone punched you directly in the spine.

Instinctively, you retract and depress. Do that when deadlifting. Be as stable as possible.


Have someone punch you in the spine when you're deadlifting. Problem solved.


lol thanks guys. I definitely think I've been coming forward with my shoulders when DL'ing lately, could explain why I don't have as much thickness in that region considering the amount I pull