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Q&A: Should I lean back at the top of a deadlift?


ironmanmagazine.comQ: At the top of a deadlift, should I lean back, the way I see some guys do?

A: No. Remain vertical at the top of the deadlift. If you lean back, it could cause dangerous compression of your intervertebral disks, which could lead to serious problems.

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.

—Stuart McRobert
www.Hardgainer.com

 

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.

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