"Charles Staley’s The Top 10 Deadlift Myths
Even Experienced Lifters Believe This Stuff
Myth 9 – The deadlift is a pull.
PUSH the floor away, as if you were doing a leg press"
The Olympic Lifting Style Deadlift
This type of Deadlift is preformed by Olympic Lifters for what’s termed the First Pull.
The objective of the First Pull is to correctly position the bar for the explosive Second Pull. To ensure the bar is correctly position for the Second Pull, the bar needs to be Pushed away from the floor/Leg Pressed.
Conventional Powerlifting Deadlift
Research by Dr Tom McLaughlin, PhD Exercise Biomechanic, Physics) determined that in a heavy, Powerlifting Deadlift, the drive off the floor is initialed with the back with some assistance from the legs.
The dominate muscle firing sequence, a per McLaughlin, is: Back > Leg > Back.
McLaughlin noted that lifters who developed more back strength with Auxiliary Exercises like Stiff Leg Deadlifts were stronger off the floor in the Conventional Powerlifting Deadlift.
As McLauhlin essentially stated in his research, a lifter who uses an Olympic Style Deadlift is going to lift lift less.
The dominate muscle firing sequence is: Legs > Back. The legs initial the drive off the floor with some assistance from the lower back. McLauglin’s research simply conforming what lifters were aware of.