Stronger in 60 Seconds: Using Your Lats in the Deadlift

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The lats play an important role in the deadlift.

You often hear cues like, “Engage your lats!”, “Lats!”, or “Tight Lats!”

These cues are fine, but if you can’t feel your lats they may not be that effective.

A simple way to engage your lats in the deadlift is to setup with your coach or lifting partner standing behind you.

When you’re in the bottom position, have them tap on your lats.

They’ll turn on and you’ll feel yourself create tension to the bar (pulling the slack out). This will give you a smooth transition off the floor and allow you to keep the bar close to your body through the lift.


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