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Max effort deadlift 1 – 1 – 1 – 1 – 1 – 1 – 1 reps

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Alex ripping some tele turns… hip extension, lunge, repeat.

How to Set-up the Deadlift, By Jim Smith

Here are some simple, real world cues for setting up on the deadlift that can help you improve your technique.

  1. The feet: Your feet should be placed approximately shoulder width apart, but it will be completely individualized. Make sure your feet are flat and driving downward. If you drop your hips to pull and your ankles roll to the outside or the inside, something isn’t optimal. Change your shoes, change your foot placement, or maybe even improve your ankle mobility.
  2. The shins: Your shins should start approximately 4–6 inches off the bar so that when you load into the bar, you can translate your shins and knees forward. This will allow your hips to drop into place and keep your lower back arched with appropriate tension. If you are too close to the bar, you’ll never be able to get the right line of pull or optimal leverage.
  3. The grip: Your hands should be right outside your legs to minimize the hip angle and decrease the distance you have to pull. We always recommend pulling double overhand until your grip gives out. Then switch to a hook grip or even use straps. I usually don’t let my athletes pull with an alternated grip. Other deadlift grip considerations can be found at
  4. The air: You must catch your air before the lift. This, along with a powerful isometric contraction of not only the abdominals but all of the muscles that surround the torso (anterior and posterior), will give you the tension to lift the weight with good form and protect the spine. With conventional deadlifts, I like to catch the air with the hips high before the drop so I can get the maximal amount of air in. Once the hips are dropped, you’re compressed (especially if you have a belt on), and you might be limited in your breathing.
  5. The tension: Like previously stated, massive amounts of tension must be created not only across the quads, hamstrings, and glutes but also the grip and back. Remember, the more tension you can create, the stronger you’ll be and the more protected your spine and back will be. This tension allows your body to act as a single unit or one kinetic chain. One important tip for this cue is never forget the tension in the upper back. This is key to pulling it all together. You will immediately feel stronger if you can create tension across your back by squeezing the bar down and “flexing” the armpits, pulling the lats into the lift.
  6. The pull: By driving your feet downward into the floor, the weight will begin its upward movement. Don’t allow your hips to rise too fast into a straight legged (stiff legged) position. As the bar hits the knees, a powerful glute contraction will lock you into a straight (line) torso position. This is a common error for most lifters who try and overpull after the bar crosses their knees and they move into hyperextension.
  7. The return: Don’t lower the weight straight down. Instead, load the hamstrings and glutes with a Romanian deadlift movement back to the knees. Once it reaches the knees, move the bar straight downward back to the floor where you can stroke another rep immediately or come to a complete stop and reset completely before the next rep. The multiple rep technique where you touch the ground and go again should only be done if you’ve caught your air at lockout on the previous rep.


  1. Fatty xmas cookie fat-ass :

    can we please have a nutritional challenge soon?!?!

  2. GregB :

    I have a personal fatty unbuckle challenge set to begin the first of the year. I know cliche but Captain pants too tight needs to get it in gear.

  3. Porky McPorkaroni McChunkerson Fatty The Third :

    Hahaha! Ya. My body is retaliating hardcore.

  4. Steve :

    Why don’t you recommend the alternate grip on the Dead Lift?

  5. Blake :

    Can we do this tomorrow for those of us traveling? Pretty please?

  6. Cherie :

    Steve – DLing is also a grip exercise, if you always rely on a reverse grip you don’t train that piece (Plus all the stuff we pick up in real life doesn’t generally afford a reverse grip).
    We recommend using a reverse grip on a DL only when grip is your limiting factor to lifting the weight off the ground (Max loads).

  7. Cherie :

    Blake – you’ll love tomorrows WOD too!

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