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Old 04-03-2011, 04:17 PM   #1
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Found this on another site and it covers alot

Perfect your Technique

1. Learn the Olympic Lifts. The Deadlift is not a Stiff-legged Deadlift. Olympic Lifts will teach you to keep your hips down.

2. Learn to squeeze your abs. A tight core is key to lifting big weights. Itís also safer for your lower back. Brace your abs.

3. Do glute activation work. If you lockout the weight by pulling back instead of using the glutes, start doing glute activation work.

4. Improve hip mobility & flexibility. Tightness in the hip area will make it harder to use the glutes. Do some (dynamic) flexibility work.

5. Deadlift more. The more you deadlift, the better youíll become. Try deadlifting twice a week: once light, once heavy.

6. Get starting strength by Mark Rippetoe. The best investment you will make: it will teach you the technique on the major lifts.

Increase your Strength

7. Increase your muscle mass. The bigger your muscles, the greater your strength. So eat more.

8. Use the maximal effort training method. Heavy singles at +90% intensity for 3 to 7 sets.

9. Strengthen your legs. Full Squats & Front Squats are your friends.

10. Strengthen your hips. Box Squats, Glute-Ham Raises, Pullthroughs, Reverse Hypers, Romanian Deadlifts, Sumo Deadlifts, Ö

11. Strengthen your glutes. Kneeling Squats, Deadlift Lockouts, Ö

12. Strengthen your lower back. Goodmornings, Reverse Hypers, Weighted Hyperextensions, Ö

13. Strengthen your upper back. Barbell Row, Powercleans, Powersnatch, High Pulls, Ö

14. Strengthen your abs. Windmills, Turkish Get-Ups, Front Squats, Zercher Squats, Quarters Squats, Heavy Deadlift Lockouts, Side Deadlifts, Side Bends, Pulldown Abs, Prone & Side bridges, Ö

15. Do unilateral work. Lunges, Step-Ups, Single-leg Deadlifts, Pistols...

Increase your Speed

16. Pull fast. Learn to pull with maximal speed by applying maximum force & acceleration to the bar.

17. Speed Deadlifts. Several sets at 70% intensity.

18. Bands. Porized by Westside Barbell: bands will teach you to accelerate the bar.

19. Chains. Another accomodating resistance method. Chains will also teach you to accelerate the bar.

20. Box Squats. Box Squats are perfect to learn exploding from the bottom position.

Train your Sticky Point

21. Train the bottom movement. Deadlifts from blocks, Snatch-grip Deadlifts, Halting Deadlifts, Deadlifts with small plates, Ö

22. Train the middle movement. Rack Pulls from knee level.

23. Train the top movement. Deadlift Rack Lockouts.

Train for Power

24. Olympic Lifts. Power Cleans, Powersnatch, Ö will teach you to explode under the bar.

25. Plyometrics. Depth Jumps are perfect to develop leg power.

Train your Grip

26. Stop deadlifting with straps. Straps will only make your grip weaker.

27. Train your supportive grip. Static Holds, Thick Barbell Holds, Side Deadlifts, Farmer Walks, Ö

28. Use an alternate grip. Best way to achieve big weights.

29. Use chalk. Donít let sweaty hands be the limiting factor.

30. Use an overhand grip as much as possible. Only use the alternate grip once you canít handle the weight with an overhand grip.

31. Squeeze the bar. Squeeze it as hard as you can, youíll have a better grip.

The Doníts

32. Don't Deadlift in running shoes. They reduce power transmission & impair foot stability. Buy a pair of Converse Chuck Taylor All Star, theyíre cheap & efficient.

33. Donít use mirrors. It only gives you info on one plane. Learn to feel the movement, listen to your body.

34. Never bend your lower back. Always keep a neutral spine, brace your abs.
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