Tag Archives: conventional deadlift

Eric Cressey is a Bad Motherfucker!

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Probably the most knowledgeable guy that posts shit on the Internet about shoulder issues is Eric Cressey. Dealing with some shoulder issues myself from time to time, I have gotten a ton of valuable information from the things he’s written and can only recommend it for anyone with a shoulder problem.

He’s also strong! At around 165lbs (give or take, no idea what he weighs exactly right now, but he competed at 165), here he is pulling 600lbs for 3 repetitions on the conventional deadlift.

A couple days prior to the video above, he posted this video of him pulling 550lbs for 5!

Seeing him pull those numbers at such a low body weight probably makes you want some deadlift tips from the man. Here are those.

But most of his value for you will come from the tips he gives on his web site and other places, i.e. his epic shoulder savers series of articles on T-Nation.

240kg/529lbs Deadlift (New 1RM)

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I hit a new conventional barbell deadlift personal record this past week. Here is the video.

New Squat and Deadlift PRs

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In the last week or so, I hit two PRs. A 192.5kg/424lbs back squat and a 235kg/518lbs at a body weight of 85kg/187lbs. The videos are below.

Deadlift Basics

Other basics write-ups: Squat | Bench Press | OHP | Barbell Row

 

Today was deadlift day for my training program, which is now a hybrid of 5/3/1 and The Cube Method (simply for reference), so I decided to do a write up on the movement. Whether you’re new or have deadlifted before, you might learn some things. This is knowledge I’ve acquired over the last three years that I have been deadlifting regularly. The combination of this knowledge and my efforts in the gym has helped me pull 215kg/474lbs (as of 6/11/13) at a body weight of 85kg/187lbs. My goal for 2013 is to deadlift 230kg/507lbs by the end of the year. We’ll see if I get there. 🙂

(Tip: Read Starting Strength by Mark Rippetoe for an in depth description of the deadlift.)

In this article, I’m just going to give you some videos to watch for the barbell deadlift movement. Typing up everything would be far too tedious for my aching hands.

 

The Deadlift Setup

From Mark Rippetoe himself: The Deadlift Setup

An interesting tweak  to engage your lats more and keep your arms straight, courtesy of Jonnie Candito: How to Engage Your Lats When You Grab the Bar

 

The Pull

Candito goes through the entire deadlift process in the following video:

Deadlift 101 by Brandon Lilly is another awesome one.

From Mark Rippetoe: Deadlift Back Angles (especially valuable information to keep in mind for sets with multiple reps)

Also a great playlist about the deadlift: Deadlift Playlist on YouTube

Elliott Hulse teaching Omar Isuf how to deadlift: How to Rebuild Your Deadlift

How to Deadlift (another good video)

 

How to Grip the Bar

Your best bet is the double overhand grip. Use this until weights get too heavy for you to handle with the overhand grip. Make sure you’re gripping the bar properly during the deadlift. This also applies to other pulling movements. Video on that: Rip on Grip (Bonus: Gripping the bar in this manner will reduce callus formation during pull movements like the deadlift.)

Once your overhand grip gives out, improve your grip by using lifting chalk. If your gym does not allow the use of lifting chalk, try an alternative like Liquid Grip or an eco ball.

When your chalked overhand grip no longer does the trick, you have three valid options: Use a mixed grip, use straps and/or use a hook grip. I’ll give you a quick breakdown of the positives/negatives of each option.

Mixed Grip: This is where one hand is in an overhand/pronated grip and the other hand is in an underhand/supinated grip. The positive is that you can pull more weight like this than with a double overhand grip. The negative is that it increases your chance of tearing a bicep.

Using Straps: This is where you’d use lifting straps to help you hang onto the barbell when weight gets too heavy for a double overhand grip (with chalk or a chalk alternative). The positive is that you can use more weight without grip being a limiting factor. You’re also much less likely to tear a bicep than you are with a mixed grip. The negative is that you’ll have to do extra grip training and that you can’t use straps in a powerlifting competition obviously.

Hook Grip: The hook grip is a very good option. The only negative aspect is that it will be painful to get used to the hook grip and it’s not too feasible for most people to use this grip on high repetition deadlift sets. I would say that it’s a valid option for pulling lower rep sets and possibly can be used in competition as well.

Below is a video from Jonnie Candito on why he thinks you should avoid the mixed grip. I say make your own decision, but make it an educated one!

 

Sumo Deadlift

I don’t pull this way, but many people do. Here are some videos relating to the sumo deadlift.

Sumo vs Conventional Deadlift from strengthcamp

How to Sumo Deadlift with Mark Bell

How to Perform Sumo Deadlifts by Bret Contreras

 

Trap Bar Deadlift

Again, not something I do… but it’s an option. Video: Trap Bar Deadlift from Testosterone Nation

 

Stiff Legged Deadlift (SLDL)

This one’s from Candito!

 

Other variations you might want to look into would be block pulls, rack pulls, deficit deadlift, and Romanian Deadlift.

 

As always, this is just my take on things. Now go rip heavy shit off the ground!