Deadlift form check?

Discussion in 'Barbell' started by q.Hung, Nov 14, 2017.

  1. q.Hung

    q.Hung Double-Digit Post Count

    i always think that my deadlift is okay until i take a video about it

    I'm sure there's lots more mistake that I don't see. So how can i improve my deadlift?
    Many thanks :)
  2. Anna C

    Anna C Strong, Powerful, Explosively Athletic Member of the Forum Certified Instructor

    Not bad. Here is what I see:

    Your set-up is good, hinge position looks correct, but before you lift you should get your lats tighter and lean back until your shoulders are over the bar, then lift. Currently you are lifting with your shoulders a bit forward of the bar, so that is not the best wedge (leverage).

    As you start to lift, your lower back changes shape (rounds) a bit. There should be no change. Get tighter in the abs, glutes, and lats, and lift less weight if you have to in order to keep your back as it is at the start.

    On all but the first lift, you seem to lean back a bit at the top. Just stand up straight.

    I don't have a lot of experience in critiquing deadlifts so certainly welcome any other inputs.
  3. Abdul Rasheed

    Abdul Rasheed Strong Member of the Forum

    Thanks for these words. This helps me in my DL.
  4. Antti

    Antti Strong, Powerful Member of the Forum

    I don't like the look of the lower back at the start of the lift. The weight may be too much for you at the moment.

    The camera angle is not a good one. It makes it hard to give critique. Hopefully you get a better angle for your next recording, but I understand if it's not always possible.

    I'm not as strict as @Anna C about the shoulders. I think they can be a bit over the bar. But it may be that they're too far in your case.

    But the issue with the back is something I would put top priority on. It's hard to say what the problem is exactly but it's clear that you have to get stronger in the midsection. Try and read on all the cues for it, like tensing your glutes and abs, breathing down, trying to pull your navel to your anus, pushing the abs down instead of pulling them in, pulling your lats down tense (not back), imagining yourself shortening yourself a bit, etc. Maybe it can be helped just with proper cues. If not, ease up on the weight until you get stronger.
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  5. Steve Freides

    Steve Freides Forum Administrator Staff Member Senior Instructor

    What @Antti said - your back is rounding.


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