Deadlifts: they're awesomesauce and being good at them makes you awesomesauce too. For such a simple action (you're just picking something up off the floor), there's a whole lot of stuff going on. So how do we break it down? Enter Mark Rippetoe, AKA Rip. Coach Rip is probably one of the most knowledgeable coaches on the face of the planet. The guy knows everything there is to know about anything, and the best part is that he's a funny and accessible writer. He's known in the CrossFit community for his "Rip-isms", pure gems like the following: "Poor form in the gym is caused by insufficient yelling", "There is no such thing as 'firming' and 'toning', there is only stronger and weaker", and "Strong people are harder to kill than weak people, and generally more useful".
What does this have to do with deadlifts? Well, check out his new article on T-Nation (a website mostly comprised of crazy bodybuilders, but one that often provides great info regarding strength training and athletic development). In it, he breaks down the deadlift in really simple and easy to understand terms. Here's his one sentence description:
"You just step up to the bar with a vertical-jump stance width, with toes out and your shins about an inch from the bar, grab it just outside your stance with your knees still straight, then bend your knees forward and out a little bit until your shins touch the bar, squeeze your chest up until your back is flat, take a big breath, and drag the bar up your legs until you're standing up straight."
See? Not much to it right? Well, he goes into much more detail, and I'd strongly suggest checking out that article if you're interested in learning a little more about the deadlift!
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Posted by Armen.