6 Tips for Performing A Successful Deadlift WITHOUT Straining Your Back!

6 Tips for Performing A Successful Deadlift WITHOUT Straining Your Back!

Deadlifting is one of the best all around exercises for your body. Deadlifts help with hip, hamstring, glut, and core stability as well as help to protect your back. Correct deadlifting form is very important so that you can get all the benefits of the deadlift without putting unnecessary strain on your body. Read below and then watch our video to make sure you are getting the most out of your deadlift! […]
1. Proper set up:

  • Keep the weight close to the body
  • Kettlebell: Handle under the body or in line with the ankles
  • Barbell: Touching the shins
  • Trapbar: Hands in line with the shins

2. Hip Drive: the deadlift is a hip HINGE motion meaning that the majority of movement should come from the HIPS folding rather than the KNEES bending.

  • Feel tension in the back of the thighs (hamstrings) when you are doing this correctly.
  • Knees have a slight bend

3. Pack the shoulders and neck:

  • this tensions the lats to keep the back safe
  • imagine that you are crushing grapes in your armpits throughout the movement

4. Lift from the legs:

  • As you lift, imagine that you are ‘wedging’ your feet into the ground in between the floor and the weight. 
  • Maintain tension in the legs, back, shoulders and neck. This keeps your safe!

5. Drive the knees apart as you lift. This recruits the gluts to give you more power to lift. 

6. As you lower the weight, maintain the set up position of the equipment. DO NOT LET THE WEIGHT DRIFT FORWARD!

Check out the video below for all these tips in action!