This tip is for more advanced/experienced strength sport athletes looking to lift the heaviest weights possible.
It’s been the most impactful change I’ve made to my deadlift in the past few years.
Rather than pre-loading the bar via pulling the slack out and getting extremely tight to the bar — get a tight brace, tight grip, long arms and pull your hips into the best “jumping” position.
Find your most powerful/strongest starting position — not necessarily the position where you feel tightest and the most tension to the bar.
In the video you’ll notice I have almost no tension on the bar pre-lift.
By not pulling the slack, I’m not fatiguing myself pre-lift and I’m able to get more pop off the floor.
I’m holding a tight brace, grip, my back is tight (I’m shrugging my lats down) and I have some tension in my hamstrings. As I lift — my body reactively creates tension.
If you start in too rigid of a position, you won’t get your most powerful/aggressive push off the floor. Speed is king when it comes to a big pull!
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