Todd Bumgardener contacted me about the recent deadlift article. He said he had a different take on things and asked me if I would like to discuss the issue more. I thought that would be fine and we decided to do this over the forums so the reader could have the potential benefit of observing and maybe learning something. I always feel that a good debate either strengthens your position or makes your realize your position is weaker than you think, either way you normally end up learning something and personally my goal is to know the truth, not necessarily be right. Todd and I are friends so it is unlikely that this will deteriorate into a massive rumble, but you never know .
Since I wrote the article, and since I am egotistical and a control freak, I will get the process started. Other T-Nation members and authors can chime in, we just ask that you keep it professional and respectful. Disagreeing with somebody doesn't mean they are an idiot or you hate them.
Todd, first let's see if we are in agreement on the basics, we might be closer in thought than we realize and we may just have different operation definitions for some terms.
I am going to start by listing the main movements that I think are occurring in the conventional deadlift. Tell me if you are agree or not. Then list the muscles you feel that are producing those movements.
Movements in a Deadlift (not necessarily in order of importance):
Secondly, were there particular points in the article you either disagreed with or had comments about?
Thanks for sharing your thoughts.