Deadlifting weaknesses can manifest in many ways. For me, I think my form is decent, at least it feels that way when the load is relatively light. Once I go heavy, my form errors tend to show themselves like fireflies in Texas. I was told by a deadlifting master (my term) I have gym butt when doing deadlifts. This means that I hike up my butt too soon on the lift and thus I load my low back up with the weight on the barbell. BAM. That's why my low back is screaming at me right now. In the video I posted above, you can (CRYSTAL) CLEARLY see where my butt PPP error happened, my back hurts just watching.
None the less, I may not have a perfect deadlift, but I am still eager to share the info that I know with you so you can sit on the toilet with ease post deadlift days. Here's the tips I have for all you heavy lifting beasts out there.
- Before you reach down to set up for the bar, get yourself positioned as though you are going to take a punch to the gut. You want your core tight first, then reach down for the bar.
- Chalk. I was told my deadlift max would increase by 50 pounds with chaulk. I agree it helps, though 50# might be a bit aggressive.
- Remember the sign of a good deadlifter is bloody shins. That's how close you want the barbell to your legs.
- Stack your shoulders over the barbell, and keep the bar on a straight path because that's where you have the most strength
- Push the floor down with your feet, rather than pulling the weight up. Let your glutes and legs control the barbell and your arms be more neutral
A freaking AWESOME website for help with coaching your deadlifts: Stronglifts.com