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DEADLIFT: Why You’re Not Lifting As Much Weight As You Could.

What’s going on Nation? I want to share with you [guys] some tips and tricks that I’ve picked up over the past year since I got serious about Deadlifting as many of you know I hit my goal of deadlifting over 500 pounds a couple months ago And what I want to do today is wrap up my deadlifting fundamental series Which if you haven’t seen [that] yet, you can check all these videos out over here and what these videos are into the two tutorials breaking down the deadlift My goal today is to share with you those tips and tricks that I’ve picked up to help you find that hidden strength that I Know you have believe it or not when it comes to Olympic lifts little change in your form can mean the difference between adding [five] to [ten] pounds to your lift and Maximizing your results, so let’s talk about the first subject which is going to be footwear When it comes to footwear you guys have some options The first one I’m going to show you is just a reebok This is what I wear what I’m just walking around throughout my daily activities And I would recommend that you never deadlift in a shoes like this The shoes about [an] inch off the ground and the way that it’s built is for softness and to be comfortable especially as you run so that when you land you put this hit the ground and super hard a Shoe like this is very unstable whenever you’re doing any type of heavy lifting where you have to stand up You want to have a solid foundation And be as close to the ground as [possible] deadlifting in a shoe like this [is] very unstable because it’ll actually kind of wiggle back and forth Which I’m sure you’ve noticed if you’ve done heavy squats or heavy deadlifts [in] a shoe like [this] However some shoes do have a platform in the back This is a Reebok crossfit training shoe But the platform in the back here is solid so you have that solid foundation that you’re looking for I personally don’t like to deadlift in a shoe like this because I like to be flat on the ground But some people prefer a shoe that has the platform in the back which is what the shoe is made for it’s made for olympic lifting because it helps them pull the bar [up] without really Slamming into their knees it gives them a little bit more of an edge when they bend over the pull up the bar So that’s why some people wear these shoes What I normally wear in the gym is just a wrestling shoe because to me a wrestling shoe is the closest thing you can get to Natural as possible because it’s super super flat and the sole is very very thin But what most bodybuilders used to do especially in the olden days which I’m going to actually do today for tutorial is go barefoot Old-School bodybuilders like Arnold and Lou Ferrigno They trained Barefoot because they believe that Every little centimeter counted and meet the difference between adding an extra two and a half Pounds to five pounds to their lifts Because the closer you are to the ground and the lower that bar can hang when doing a deadlift the easier It’s going to be to get your hips under it and pop forward and complete the lift The higher you are up off the ground the more you have to lift that bar up to deadlift it It’s always a great idea to warm up your lower back, especially before doing a lift like a deadlift So I want to show you guys two quick warm-ups that I like to do they’re very simple all you’re going to do is two sets of 12 reps per warm-up the first one’s going to be an Alternating toe two-hand touch and the second one’s going to be a scorpion So all you have to do for the alternating two and a hand touch is laid [out] on the ground and You’re going to keep your arms up by your side like this palms facing up You’re going to lift one leg in the air And then you’re going to try to keep your back flat on the ground as you twist and bring your toe to your hand you got to be sure my back crack when I did that lift the other leg up and Then try to touch Now you might only be able to go to here depending on how flexible you [are] as you get more flexible you’ll be able to Touch your hand or at least have your toes in line with your arm So you want to do 12 reps per side so a 1-1 count And as soon as you finish one set you’re going to roll over on your stomach you’re going to do scorpions And you’re basically doing the same thing where you’re touching trying to touch your foot to [alternate] your the other arm your other hand so [you] lay down facedown and then reach come back and reach once again You’re doing a [1-1] count of 12 reps as soon as you finish the scorpions roll back over go through the exercises one more time When it comes to belts is two different types of belts you can use when doing a deadlift You can use the belt that you buy in the store or you [can] create one with your body Let’s talk about this one first when you put on a weightlifting belt You want to put it around your torso And you want to pull it as tight as possible [it] also helps if you suck in your stomach a little bit just to get it super super tight When you’re performing the lift you’re not just doing the lift with a belt on you’re actually taking air in and holding in your diaphragm [while] flexing your core and pushing against the belt that’s what creates the stable structure or the the Solid core that you need when doing the deadlift Now to do the deadlift without the belt and creating one on your own is you’re basically doing all the same [things] But you’re not using the belt what you’re going to do is take in a deep breath. You hold that air right here and then you’re going to flex your abs as hard as you can and you’re going to hold that breath throughout the entire movement if You need to reset your breath what I like to do is get the weight all [the] way to the top Reset my breath at the top of the movement and then go back down for the rep Now a lot of people say that you have to use the belt all the time or out you’re going to blow your lower back You’re really going to hurt yourself Which is obvious that it can happen But if you practice proper form with the deadlift and you train yourself to utilize your internal belt to be as strong as possible You’d be surprised just how far you can push yourself and how much weight you can lift just relying on your own [bodyweight] Nothing extra added so take some time with some light weight to practice that internal belt and then let’s move on to the next subject Your foot stance when you approach the deadlift is going to change person to person to be quite honest my first started doing Deadlifts I had a shoulder width foot stance so about right here as I started getting better at them and perfecting my form my foot stance got closer and closer And it’s pretty much just inside of Shoulder-width with my toes pointing out a little bit and the reason why it changed so much is because where you put Your feet is going to determine how the rest of your body reacts So with my feet a little closer together my toes pointing out a bit it’s a lot easier for me [to] sit back and push my knees out and Be able to grab the bar and pull it up and over my knees as opposed to Being wider like this and having a harder time to force my knees out to the side When you’re doing the lift, and you’re forcing your knees out pushing the knees out you prevent them from collapsing But you’re also creating a bit of torque that you need your hips to pull the bar up and lift heavier weight also When your feet are closed like this in my opinion It’s easier to push through your heels during the lift you basically want to feel like you’re pushing the Earth down To lift the weight you don’t want to feel like you’re lifting the weight and using your lower back You want to feel like actually doing a reverse leg press where [you’re] [holding] the weights with your hands, and you’re pushing the ground down There’s a few different grips you can use on the barbell when performing a deadlift But I want you to keep in mind that the goal here isn’t to work on your grip strength It’s to deadlift as much weight as possible The first grip you can use is overhand grip we basically just grab the bar Fingers over the top and then your palms facing your body The second grip that you can use and most people end up going to this grip when the bar starts to get really heavy is The switch grip so you have one hand facing you and one hand facing away [from] you It doesn’t matter which hand faces you or faces away Just as long as they’re opposite and what that’s going to do is hold the bar in your hands a lot tighter and what easier than the Overhand grip Now if you’re having a hard time with these because you don’t have the grip strength to lift the bar with a lot of weight Yet what you can do is use some wrist straps and the way the wrist straps work is you put them around your hands Let me get these on real quick, and you can use them with both the overhand grip as well as the switch grip So once you get them on Put your hands on the bar like you normally would [for] an overhand grip and then wrap the strap [around] Towards your fingers on each hand, so we wrap this side first then you come over here and Wrap the other side and then what you even do to make it tighter is just roll the bar and that gets the straps super super tight and If you want to do a switch grip do the same thing just switch your hand and then wrap it underneath Like this and again twist the bar to get it as tight as possible And if you don’t want to use the straps But the bar is [a] little slippery to hold the bar tight what you can do is take some chalk and put it on your hands now Give you a really tight grip on the bar as well So the final tip I have for you guys is about head and shoulder positioning Now you want to try and maintain a neutral spine as much as possible when doing the lift and what often Happens when [you’re] dead lifting is you tend to lift your head up And you keep your head up like this And it stays up throughout the entire movement what you want to do is try to keep your chin [down] maintain that neutral Spine So you’re basically staring at the floor when you’re in this [position] and as you come up your head just follows your spine You also want to make [sure] when you’re in the bottom position of the movement that [you’re] not hunched over You want to have your back as flat and smooth smooth as possible So you don’t want to be like this you want to be nice and smooth back here now as far as shoulder positioning This is crucial especially when you start to get into super heavy lifting with this exercise If you try to hold your shoulders back like this You’re creating way more distance that you have to move the bar from the floor to the top of the position of the deadlift What you want to do is basically try to sag your shoulders down as much as possible While still keeping them in a neutral position [and] what I mean is you don’t want to roll your shoulders [forward] and let them hang down here You want to keep them [neutral] and [let] them hang down right here as much as possible [so] it’s almost like you’re widening your back a little bit just to drop those shoulders down low enough so that when you come The top of the position you’re able to pop your hips forward a lot quicker And I’ll show you what I mean if your shoulders away back here And you grab the bar, and you come up I have to come up this high Just to pop my shoulders under not my shoulders just to pop my hips under the bar to do lift If I sag my shoulders down a little bit, and I keep my bad flat I don’t have to go to here see how much quicker that was Much short range of motion to get it under that bar to do lift And you also want to make sure that as you’re doing the lift you’re once again You’re pushing your heels into the ground You’re keeping your knees pushed out to the side to keep them from collapsing in but as you come up You’re flexing your glutes as hard as you can to help. That’s when that hip extension comes in So once you have all that down before you start doing your lift You’re going to do a quick warm-up set of maybe 12 to 15 repetitions use any grip you like Just make sure you are following all those tips with every rep Now as you get better You’ll be able to go faster and faster Thank you guys for watching my video to wrap up my deadlift fundamental series Let me know what you think in the comments section below and as always More good stuff coming soon. See you guys

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100 thoughts on “DEADLIFT: Why You’re Not Lifting As Much Weight As You Could.


    The deadlift isn't as easy as ripping and gripping. There are plenty of things to keep in mind to maximize the lift!

  2. I deadlifted 405 today without belt, chalk, or straps. I think it's pretty good considering the fact I'm an mma fighter and not a powerlifter

  3. If you have to use straps for reverse grip, you're seriously retarded. Double over hand with straps works for 100's of pounds over your max.

  4. Do not use a belt. Just don't. And don't use straps. As you progress, your grip strength increases. Do not use straps.

  5. Each time weights have to touch to ground right ? When you are doing rapidly especially ,, Some people at gym said finish the set without touching . it seemed dangerous to me what do yo think ? İ dont want any lumbar hernia )))

  6. bro a shirt less educational video that shows or describes zero muscle contractions. Shows you lift for appearance/others. The shirtless thing is to show muscle contractions Lol such a tool. Im more ripped than you and most friends and family just know ive gained weight. Do it from you and the thrill not for an image thats work/slavery. I lift shirtless to make sure i sculpt right. Dudes even lotion or lube up for small gain videos lol. Damn i miss rich he was real as hell even though he wasnt natty. Body sculpting is art and gratitude for what gifts we have it isnt for vanity or acceptance. 🐑

  7. Damn i feel bad for my last comment dudes getting a bunch of unessesary hate. I dont like the grip thing though just chalk im not a fan of comfortable when i work out.

  8. I don't normally do deadlifts because I'm afraid of hurting my back. Long story short I tried to do some and threw out my sciatic nerve. Is there anything that I can do to ease the pain like stretching or exercises? Is this common

  9. It’s easy to remember all this shit when you have one plate on each side. Wait to you have 3 to 4 plates.The only thing you gonna worry about is if shit is not coming out of your ass

  10. Good vid! I just subbed to you channel, really dig it. I'm trying to build up a community of likeminded people if you're down to join and support each other, it'd be dope!

  11. Lower Back flexibility is not a healthy thing, infact it's really dangerous and you are more pron to injury when you stretch your back.. instead stretch your calves, warm up your hamstring, glutes, and upper back.. this will even helps you keep your abdominals tight.. many people have anterior pelvic tilt so warming up your lower back isn't a good idea either, if you have a posterior pelvic posture than stretch your glutes and hamstring instead..

  12. How about hips under knees, I find myself stronger in that form and I'm utilizing more efficient muscles that way

  13. This boy small af. Talking Bout deadlifts while only demonstrating 145. Bitch should be doing atleast 315 for 8 reps.

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  15. Why do i keep hitting my nuts when I deadlift, I'm 5'10ish. Should I pull it up a little more? this would require me using my arms strength though.

  16. Having a bad lower back is s*** ! I can bench press 150Kg 3 times but can't even deadlift that weight once ! : /

  17. Awesome thanks, I've watch other videos on the subject, but you filled in the gaps and questions with more in dept and how things should feel. You really helped me understand it. I was doing a few small things wrong and I could tell and now I know for sure.

  18. Any shoes for peeps with wide feet. I'm between a 4E and 6E. pretty sure most of rebook shoe's are D with maybe one or 2 kinds of E possibly 2E.

  19. finally some good chest proportions to shoulders, todays BBs have shoulders like chest size which is ridiculous…

  20. What's the minimum weight that I should deadlift? Someone told me that I have to use at least 35 lbs on each side of the bar, otherwise it's not safe (not sure why..maybe because the bar would be too low?), but I'm a beginner and I feel like 25lbs on each side would be better? Is there a minimum weight someone should lift?

  21. I watched your PR videos. Sucks. You round your back like an amateur, and lift as much as a powerlifter. You're gonna be in wheelchair soon if you don't change that posture. Not to mention, you upload training videos and there are some suckers that actually listen to you. They shouldn't.

  22. There is so much wrong with this video! Please everyone never look down at the ground, you want to look forward. Looking down is unsafe. No professional deadlifted has ever looked down. Watch Eddie halls 500KG lift. If looking forward was wrong Eddie hall and all other professional powerlifters would look down. And why has he not spoke about hook grip? Anything under 300kg should be hook grips and straps after.

  23. Anyone tried it and can tell me whether it works? I wanna know before I take up all that space in the gym and make myself look like an ass doing this 😆

  24. This is a good one!!!
    I have also uploaded the deadlift video on youtube, check this out:
    Why not able to do the deadlift.

  25. The only issues I take with this are about grip and warmups. Don't use straps too early, not before 225lb (hopefully more), and try hook grip before straps; it's uncomfortable at first but you get used to it and it's safer than mix/switch grip. As for warmups, one set is fine if you're not going heavy, but if you're going for strength and progressive overload I'd recommend 3-5 sets that progressively approach your work set weight. No diss on Scott, he's a fitness god, great video all around.

  26. …. we are trying to do deadlifts here not calestetics that warmupp is not fit for a deadlift man. you warm upp like you are supose to do. start low and build upp the weights. oh and btw you are way to close to the bar. the bar is supose to be on the middle of your feet and then when you squat down to pick it upp thats when you get closer to the bar (chins will automaticly go forward on to the bar) the way you showed means you are leaning to mutch over the bar and you lose balance.

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