Deadlifts



  • Decided to try these bad boys and will get them into the regularroutines up until the season starts!

    Felt the fatigue straight away and this weekend my ass and upper hammies have been farked (squatted same evening though so must be a combo of the two)

    Had to do the exercise surreptitiously though as my gym has a big sign saying "no dead lifts as it damages gyn floor" - this meant that i was trying to put them on the deck like they were a baby pidgeons feathers hitting a pillow - fucked me up even more.



  • Fuller - get a new gym. If they're not prepared to let you go all out to the point of perhaps dropping a weight out of sheer exhaustion, then maybe they're not right for you.

    Otherwise, some frames I've seen for squats allow you to set the rungs low down. That might be an option.



  • [quote name='NTA']
    Fuller - get a new gym. If they're not prepared to let you go all out to the point of perhaps dropping a weight out of sheer exhaustion, then maybe they're not right for you.

    Otherwise, some frames I've seen for squats allow you to set the rungs low down. That might be an option.
    [/quote]

    I think my purist concerns regarding weights etc... pale into insignificance compared to the fact that it is well equipped and 5 min from my house, an essential part of the equation if i am to fit it in post-work

    I'll be able to continue doing them, just got to be a bit smart about it.



  • Maybe you could ask them very nicely to get an appropriately equipped floor space purely for deadlifts? :nta



  • [quote name='NTA']
    Maybe you could ask them very nicely to get an appropriately equipped floor space purely for deadlifts? :nta
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    That's not going to happen mate, i'd need a proper weight/body building gym and the only one of those is many miles away from me in North London.

    Its ok though, i am still doing them, i'm just not supposed to.

    Will try and squeeze some out on Thursday i think and see if i find the movement a but more instinctive. Was concentrating a lot on keeping the back straight, so much that i felt awkward and jolty. Got some good vids on youtube showing good form so i'll take a look at those again before i do them.



  • They are a great excersise, there's something about lifting heavy weights off the floor that just seems right.

    Think your gym is full of it. If you're using bumper plates (the rubber encased ones), you'd have to go to a fair amout of trouble to damage a floor. Having said that can you wack some stretching mats underneath to lessen the impact? That may not go down so well with the stretchers.

    Any tips out there to avoid scraping shins? My legs look like I've tried to shave them with a cheese grater.



  • [quote name='749']
    They are a great excersise, there's something about lifting heavy weights off the floor that just seems right.

    Think your gym is full of it. If you're using bumper plates (the rubber encased ones), you'd have to go to a fair amout of trouble to damage a floor. Having said that can you wack some stretching mats underneath to lessen the impact? That may not go down so well with the stretchers.

    Any tips out there to avoid scraping shins? My legs look like I've tried to shave them with a cheese grater.
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    Bumper Plates and rubber floors mate, they are just wimps - anyway enopugh of the gym inadequacies let tips and hints commence!

    Must admit i did enojoy the first session, but they are pussy weights at the moment so i need to build it up a bit.



  • [quote name='Fullermorg']
    [quote name='749']
    They are a great excersise, there's something about lifting heavy weights off the floor that just seems right.

    Think your gym is full of it. If you're using bumper plates (the rubber encased ones), you'd have to go to a fair amout of trouble to damage a floor. Having said that can you wack some stretching mats underneath to lessen the impact? That may not go down so well with the stretchers.

    Any tips out there to avoid scraping shins? My legs look like I've tried to shave them with a cheese grater.
    [/quote]

    Bumper Plates and rubber floors mate, they are just wimps - anyway enopugh of the gym inadequacies let tips and hints commence!

    Must admit i did enojoy the first session, but they are pussy weights at the moment so i need to build it up a bit.
    [/quote]

    Form is all important with them. Think this was discussed a few weeks back on here but if you slope your shoulders in the last few reps you can really damage your back. They are a cool exercise though, lotsa fun, apparently eastern european strongmen are always heaps more impressed by how much ya can deadlift as oppose to benchpress !!!



  • [quote name='749']
    Any tips out there to avoid scraping shins? My legs look like I've tried to shave them with a cheese grater.
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    :nta You might be straightening your back a touch early. Put a bit more into the legs at the first part of the lift to get them out of the way.



  • [quote name='NTA']
    [quote name='749']
    Any tips out there to avoid scraping shins? My legs look like I've tried to shave them with a cheese grater.
    [/quote]

    :nta You might be straightening your back a touch early. Put a bit more into the legs at the first part of the lift to get them out of the way.
    [/quote]

    Ah yes, it was NTA I was talking to about deadlifts ! using a mirror is great for form as well !!! ( his suggestion )



  • [quote name='NTA']
    [quote name='749']
    Any tips out there to avoid scraping shins? My legs look like I've tried to shave them with a cheese grater.
    [/quote]

    :nta You might be straightening your back a touch early. Put a bit more into the legs at the first part of the lift to get them out of the way.
    [/quote]

    apparantly your back should never change position and remain straight and inline with the neck throughout the whole lift.  You must bend at the arse more and push it out.

    They say a good deadlifter had bald shins as you are to keep it as close to your body as possible, so I don't know what you mean about straightening your back



  • "Straighten" as in "get vertical". Bad wording on my part. The back stays straight, but the angle to the hips changes.



  • [quote name='Hooroo']
    [quote name='NTA']
    [quote name='749']
    Any tips out there to avoid scraping shins? My legs look like I've tried to shave them with a cheese grater.
    [/quote]

    :nta You might be straightening your back a touch early. Put a bit more into the legs at the first part of the lift to get them out of the way.
    [/quote]

    apparantly your back should never change position and remain straight and inline with the neck throughout the whole lift.  You must bend at the arse more and push it out.

    [b]They say a good deadlifter had bald shins as you are to keep it as close to your body as possible[/b], so I don't know what you mean about straightening your back
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    I always used to think this, I have scars all over my shins from the knurling of the olympic bar.  But a S14 strength coach recently told me this is a tell tale sign of  incorrect technique.  Now Im confused!



  • Deadlifting is the single best exercise you can do for overall strengh. In fact, one can build an entire strength program around 3 exercises: deadlifts, squats and bench. I used to do this regularly--it's called "the big 3".

    Proper form is everything. lift with your legs, NOT your back. Don't be a hero and go for weights you can't handle. Start light, get your form correct, then increase the weight.

    Brings a tear to my eye, this does. I haven't been able to deadlift since having serious back surgery. But in my heyday, I was doing reps with 400+ pounds. Those days are gone.

    Good luck, and be sure to include lots of rest in between sessions. Do too much deadlifting with not enough rest, and you could be in trouble. You need to be careful with these. Take it from somebody who has been there.


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