I understand what you are saying. But you are right, the “yank” can be dangerous. I think the issue is that for you, getting “tight” first removes the stretch reflex that you get from the “grip it and rip it” approach. If you set up firs, pull the slack out and then start pulling, you are much slower than if you just grab the bar and YANK haha. I too am slower if I approach deadlifts this way.
However, I think you can fix the issue of “yanking” the bar, which definitely is setting you up for a strain or something, by getting your upper body tight and then bringing your shins to the bar really fast and ripping it. It’s a tehcnique that I have been playing with lately, sort of in emulation of pete rubish’s setup. Set up with your hips way high, but your arms straight and your upper back tight.
Then, in a split second you bring your shins to the bar and initiate the pull. When I do this wrong, I definitely feel the “yank” in my back that doesn’t feel good. However, when I get tight and get the timing right, for me it is very similar to catching a stretch reflex with a squat. I am way faster of that floor, getting that super explosive start that you are talking about, but without the yanking. Here’s a vid of pete rubish to show what I am talking about.
Watch the way that he drops his hips, brings his shins to the bar and blasts it off the floor in like a split second. I think emulating that will allow you to get that stretch reflex/boost off the floor that you want, without the yank.
All that being said, you are right Jaime DEFINITELY yanked the shit out of a couple competition deadlifts lately. And I hated it every time I watched it haha. BUT, he is a hell of a lot stronger than me, and i think if you asked him this question he would say to get your back really strong and deadlift whatever way felt best. I’m not saying I agree, but you ARE right, some good strong pullers do yank it on occasion. [/quote]
I can’t hear the video, but I love how he is talking shit with 800 pounds in his hands. Also dude is deadlifting while doing laundry, that’s pretty hilarious.