apparently i'm deadlifting wrong

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  1. ccrooks

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    i got owned at deadlifting last time i did it... a bunch of people were milling around, kinda watching me lift (at the gym by my work, NOBODY squats or deadlifts)

    this old guy comes up to me after my set and tells me that my form needs work and if i got that down, i could prob. add another 100 lbs. to my dead :eek3:

    apparently, i start with the bar too far out in front of me and don't lower my hips enough... using too much back, he told me :dunno:... and also, my feet are too wide apart, as are my hands :hs:

    he's a reputable source, his name's martin drake (i guess he's been competing for 40+ years)... so i'm gonna drop my weight and work a little more on form... problem is, i'm having a hard time keeping my feet close, hips low, and heels on the ground all at the same time... is there a stretch or something i could do to help this?

    also, my toes point out instead of straight forward when i squat down... is this ok?
     
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    Good thing it was from some guy that knew what he was doing. I get pissed when it's some punk fratboy who tries to correct your form.
     
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    try a sumo stance?
     
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    no way my hips are strong enough for that

    i just need to work on getting my hips down and using more leg, i guess
     
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    GET LOWWWlc
     
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    i thought you weren't supposed to get low and you were supposed to use as little leg as possible. just bend your legs enough that you can grab the bar while keeping your shoulders behind it. :confused:

    but! i could see how getting low and using more leg would increase the amount you can lift.
     
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    it doesn't
     
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    from what i've read lowering your hips and using your legs more is just wasted motion.. which is why most plers almost stiff leg it

    also, you dont want the bar to have to go forward around your legs first and then back, so dont bring it too close
     
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    see, that's pretty much what i was doing before...

    the way that he set me up to do it felt more like a squat than a deadlift... my back barely moved at all
     
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    back off the weight a bit to work on the form :dunno:

    elitefts.com should have some decent articles about it.
     
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    stance and grip width are pretty much up to you.
     
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    If the bar is too far out in front of you then yeah you'll round your back and have shitty leverage. Just go lighter and correct your form until you can work back up then the heavier weights will get easier.
     
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    just watch the EFS squat/deadlift index
     
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    you will tell when you hit a perfect deadlift, it'll just be so easy. I think that getting your ass overly low is pointless and a waste of energy, you can really feel at what hip height you develop your most power.
     
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