Using extremely good deadlift technique is a rare sight in many gyms, but that doesn’t mean it’s not important.
If you want to GUARANTEE that you are part of the gym population who are fully competent at performing the deadlift properly, then this article is for you.
If the internet has taught me anything over the last 10 years, it’s that a good deadlift performance in the majority of gyms around the world, is extremely hard to come by.
I have no idea of the exact data, but if you were to rank every lifter’s performance – excluding those who compete in strength sports i.e. Powerlifters, Strongmen, Weightlifters etc. – on a graph, I think you’d get something that might not be too far off this:
Outside of competitive lifters, who spend a great deal of time working on technique, I am firmly under the impression that many gyms are suffering from an extreme deficiency of lifters who fall into the right side of that scale.
I mean, it is understandable – why give a piss about technique when the end-product of a finely chiselled physique is all that matters?
And THAT is exactly what I want to discuss…
NOTE: This article is simply going to attempt to justify the importance of proper deadlift technique and then give you a manual that shows you how to perform the deadlift for free, if you’d rather skip my argument for the case of lifting properly, then either scroll to the bottom of the page, or click HERE
Why use proper technique?
If you DON’T perform the deadlift with excellent technique, then you face 2 problems:
1) You won’t be able to maximise the amount of weight you can lift
If you want to build enormous levels of strength and achieve incredible muscular development, particularly in the: –
- Lower back
Then using excellent technique is going to work in your FAVOUR, as this will enable you to lift in the most efficient manner possible, which means you will be able to maximise the amount of weight you can handle:
More Weight = More Strength = More Muscle/Potential Muscle Growth/Calorie Burn (Fat Loss)
Okay, it’s possible that you may have no interest in building vast amounts of strength or more muscular body…
But you’ll STILL want to use perfect technique.
Because of the second problem…
2) You are putting your lower back at a serious risk of injury
An injury to the lower back can be immensely debilitating.
This can result in having to take time off from the gym, which means: –
- A tragic loss of strength
- Rapid muscle wasting
- Unwanted fat gain
And my guess is that you REALLY don’t want any of that.
So, I’d like to think I have justified the importance of using great form when it comes to hoisting the iron off the floor, and hopefully made you aware of how important it is, not just for gainz, but for the long-term health of your musculoskeletal system.
Should YOU care about deadlift technique?
If you’re reading this and your name is Eddie Hall or Andy Bolton, then fair enough – I doubt there’s anything I can teach you about the deadlift that would be of any particular interest.
But, if you’re just a regular dude/lady who simply wants to Look Like You Lift, and routinely throw tin around in an attempt to achieve this objective, then ask yourself if you’ve ever experienced any of the following: –
- A STRUGGLE to get stronger in the deadlift
- FRUSTRATION with under-developed glutes and hamstrings
- CRIPPLING lower back pain as a result of performing the deadlift
- FEAR of making progress because you’re unsure if your technique is correct
Because if you have, then I think it’s time you at least considered the possibility that you NEED to address your deadlift technique.
(Again, if you just want to skip the rest of what I have to say and discover on the brand new freebie from Will Davis Training, then either scroll to the bottom or click HERE).
Is THIS the #1 mistake in the deadlift?
It’s so easy to assume that the deadlift is just the mere act of standing over the bar and simply yanking it off the floor as quickly as possible.
In fact, next time you’re in the gym, pay close attention to every dude that performs the deadlift and I guarantee that at least half of them will do this. You’ll also probably notice that the heavier the weight is, the faster they’ll try and ‘yank’ – which frequently leads to some of the most horrendous cases of ‘Question Mark Spine Syndrome’ you’ll ever see.
It’s also the #1 reason why people suffer from agonising back pain as a result of performing the deadlift….
…And a sure-fire way to ensure that you never achieve you full strength potential.
I won’t bore you with the science, but essentially, when you jerk the weight from the floor, you aren’t giving enough time for the muscles that support the spine to contract and create optimal tension.
Which means the spine is left unsupported…
…And has to bear the brunt of the load during the exercise, with MINIMAL help from the lower body.
This is NOT what the lower back is meant to do during the deadlift…
…And it can lead to a catastrophic lower back injury.
Remember, you’re in the gym.
NOT the prison showers.
There is zero requirement to stand up as quickly as possible the moment you’ve bent over to pick something up from the floor – you have the luxury of time on your side to get yourself set-up and your back in the right position.
If you can take just ONE thing from this article, then please take the time to watch this 60 second video and learn how to set your spine before lifting the bar off the floor:
If you ‘get tight’ before you perform the deadlift (like in the second video), then awesome.
Please carry on.
But if you recognise that you may be ‘jerking’ the weight, then it’s ok.
It’s not your fault.
You wouldn’t deliberately perform a movement with the intention of hurting yourself, would you?
So I’m not going to go batshit crazy, heavily criticise your deadlift performance and attempt to make you feel totally inept when it comes to lifting.
Instead, I want to TEACH YOU how to execute this wonderful exercise so that you can:
- Build awesome strength
- Keep your lower back free from harm
- Develop an exceptionally strong and attractive pair of buttocks 😉
My Deadlift History
When I first learnt how to perform the deadlift, I had to solely rely on the advice of a few articles and videos – many of which were quite poor and missed out some of the more important technical points.
I had NO CLUE about –
- The exact foot position
- Which grip to use
- Exactly how to lift the weight
- How to lower the bar properly
- If straps were good or bad
- The difference between a sumo and a conventional deadlift
In fact, I pretty much had the ‘bend over and yank it from the floor’ kind of approach.
It took me way longer than it should have until I felt confident performing the exercise, which meant there was a huge delay before I could actually reap the gainz from performing the exercise.
I vividly remember the experience of suffering from intense low back pain for the first time in my life when I first started deadlifting.
I was in agony and reduced to a mess on my bedroom floor, desperately trying to stretch out any part of my anatomy that I thought my temporarily cure the cataclysmic event that was occurring in my lumbar vertebrae.
NOTHING else has ever bothered my lower back as much as a few badly performed sets of deadlifts.
It’s safe to say that, at that moment, my training plans of getting bigger and stronger were effectively put on hold.
Does this sound even the slightest bit familiar?
Do you want to learn how to perform the deadlift, or progress in your current training, but feel unsure of how to do it properly?
I know that I would have LOVED a single resource, from an experienced coach, which told me exactly what I needed to do, but in a simple, straightforward and concise manner.
Which is preciously what I have created…
The Ultimate Deadlift Technique Manual
Other than coming to visit me in-person for a Lifting Consultation, this manual is the BEST thing I can give you to improve your deadlift.
It will show you:
- How to set up
– Foot position…a very simple tip to getting this right EVERY time (page 5)
– Shoulder position…get this wrong, and you’ll instantly be WEAKER (page 7)
– Knee position….get this right, and you’ll INSTANTLY be stronger (page 7)
– Taking the ‘slack’ out the bar…THE #1 thing that 90% of people don’t do (page 8)
- Performing the lift
– How to start the lift….and keep your lower back SAFE and SECURE (page 10)
– How to finish the lift…and how to avoid making the mistake that RUINS the lower back (page 11)
– How to lower the bar…so you’re immediately ready for the next rep (page 12)
- Choosing the right deadlift for you
– Not every should deadlift the same way – what’s best for YOU? (page 14)
It contains everything you need to know in order to perform the deadlift safely and effectively, so that you can build a stronger, muscular and more powerful looking physique…
…Without being overwhelming, complicated and requiring a NASA scientist on standby to explain the technical terms.
As well as my own experience performing the deadlift, this guide has been written based on years of working with clients.
So how can you get your hands on ‘The Ultimate Deadlift Technique Manual’?
Getting access to this manual is a simple 2-step process.
Step 1 – Fill out the following form:
Step 2 – Check your inbox
And it will be right there waiting for you.
Remember, it’s possible that just a simple tweak to the way you perform the exercise can make all the difference between: –
- Building a fantastically strong and athletic body
- Having to miss out on training sessions due to excruciating back pain
Don’t let the latter happen to you – Get your copy of ‘The Ultimate Deadlift Manual’ TODAY.
Do you have any questions?
Please feel free to e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org