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Max Deadlifts Today

We did Max Deads today. Here is a pic of Steph getting a #240 PR. Awesome!!!

The Deadlift

The deadlift, being no more than picking a thing off the ground, keeps company with standing, running, jumping, and throwing for functionality but imparts quick and prominent athletic advantage like no other exercise.

The deadlift’s primal functionality, whole-body nature, and mechanical advantage with large loads suggest its strong neuroendocrine impact, and for most athletes the deadlift delivers such a quick boost in general strength and sense of power that its benefits are easily understood.

If you want to get stronger, improve your deadlift. Driving your deadlift up can nudge your other lifts upward, especially the Olympic lifts.

Major benchmarks would certainly include bodyweight, twice bodyweight, and three times bodyweight deadlifts representing a “beginning,” “good,” and “great” deadlifts respectively.

Consider each of the following cues to a sound deadlift. Many motivate identical behaviors, yet each of us responds differently to different cues.
• Natural stance with feet under hips
• Symmetrical grip whether parallel, hook, or alternate
• Hands placed where arms won’t interfere with legs while pulling from the ground
• Bar above juncture of little toe and foot
• Shoulders slightly forward of bar
• Inside of elbows facing one another
• Chest up and inflated
• Abs tight
• Arms locked and not pulling
• Shoulders pinned back and down
• Lats and triceps contracted and pressing against one another
• Keep your weight on your heels
• Bar stays close to legs and essentially travels straight up and down
• Torso’s angle of inclination remains constant while bar is below the knee
• Head straight ahead
• Shoulders and hips rise at same rate when bar is below the knee
• Arms remain perpendicular to ground until lockout

Here is a video demo from CrossFit HQ:

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