As you stand, keep your shoulder blades retracted; your lower back hollowed slightly, feeling the weight mostly through your heels; and your shoulders, hips and ankles aligned. Pause for a second, then start the descent.
Never round your back at any time during a deadlift. Use only as much poundage as you can handle with correct form.
Perform the deadlift safely or not at all. Done safely, the deadlift is a terrific exercise for building strength and muscular mass—especially in the thighs, the hips and the entire back. Done incorrectly, however, it’s dangerous.
Editor’s note: Stuart McRobert’s first byline in IRON MAN appeared in 1981. He’s the author of the new BRAWN series, Book 1: How to Build Up to 50 Pounds of Muscle the Natural Way, available from Home Gym Warehouse (800) 447-0008 or www.Home-Gym.com.