Recently, I signed up for the SFL Barbell Instructor cert. I’m pretty pumped – here’s a video that shows you what it’s all about, if you’re interested:
There are strength tests / requirements to pass … and one of them is to deadlift two times your bodyweight.
I weigh about 245 … so the test for me is no joke! … and I will be working hard on the lift to get my strength up for the cert, which is about four months away.
Now the deadlift is one of the best lifts to build “general strength” … that is, strength with carryover to a wide range of activities. That’s why it’s a big part of my new Invincible Body program. And that’s why I recommend you do it, too.
But if you want to perform the exercise safely and effectively, you need to get your technique dialed in. So today, I have 7 deadlift technique tips to share that will help you lift stronger – and safer – right away:
7 Technique Tips for a Stronger Deadlift
1 – Set up with the bar just in front of your shins, but not touching them. When you reach down to grab the bar, your shins should touch it.
2 – To find your “perfect” foot stance, do a couple of vertical jumps, and note where your feet are when you land. Then bring your stance in slightly, and point your toes out just a little.
3 – Your hands should be just outside of your feet. You can play around a bit here to find the optimal hand placement on the bar for you.
4 – A mixed grip is the “standard” way to grip the bar (one hand facing away from you, the other facing towards you). Which hand is facing which way is a matter of personal preference. You can also deadlift with both hands facing towards you.
5 – Before you lift the bar, get the muscles in your upper back tight and pulled together, your butt down, your chest up, and your shoulders over the bar.
6 – “Ease” the bar off the ground, and initiate the movement with your legs and not your back.
7 – You can either lower the bar slowly to the start position, or you can drop it.
So there are seven technqiue tips for the deadlift that will help you lift stronger – and safer – right away. These will help you if you’re just getting started with the deadlift, or even if you’ve been doing it for a while but are still perfecting your form.
Train hard, and talk soon –
– Forest Vance, MS, RKC II, PCC
PS – Remember, the deadlift is one of the best lifts to build “general strength” … that is, strength with carryover to a wide range of activities. And that’s why it’s a big part of my new Invincible Body program.
If you are looking to get stronger, lose fat, perform better, and feel great … all in 30 mins or day per less … then be sure to check out Invincible Body:
PPS – Check out the video below for another great technique tip that will get you stronger on the deadlift – and improve your form – right away: