3 Critical Deadlift Tips
Practical advice on the best way to get strong with this powerful exercise
There is absolutely no question about it: The deadlift is the most misunderstood lift in America today. Many coaches tell me they are concerned that it can cause lower back pain, and certainly there are several deadlifting mistakes that can cause this problem. Here are three valuable tips to help athletes deadlift more weight and perform the exercise safely:
Tip 1. Only perform low reps. To perform more than 5 reps in the deadlift, especially in the 10-rep category, is asking for serious trouble. The maximum number of heavy reps that should ever be attempted in the deadlift is 5.
There have been some so-called professional research studies that recommend athletes should perform one set of 7-12 reps to exhaustion. Most of these studies do not include the dead-lift. For example, an eight-week study of students in a physical education class doing curls and bench presses does not constitute reliable research for heavy power weight training. In fact, it is inexcusable to make such comparisons. It is quite obvious that heavy deadlifts were never done by these strength coaches in their personal training.
It is dangerous and foolhardy to do more than 5 reps. As the body becomes fatigued from doing too many reps, it becomes difficult to maintain good form. Deadlifting is grueling work but highly rewarding if you keep your reps down to 5 or less.
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