Common Flaws in the Deadlift


Hips and shoulders rise together, and we’re looking for that on the initial pull. So what I want you guys to take a look at is her torso angle here. I’m gonna highlight it with just this PVC pipe. And as she rises, that angle doesn’t change. All the way through the knees, and then we’ll open back up. On the return, hips come back. My hip angle is now set when she’s at those knees, and she’ll sit right back down. Can I have you turn so you can show the other side here, just one more time? Go ahead back down. And so again, here we see on that initial pull, that angle doesn’t change. Once she passes her knees, those shoulders open up, and then on the return, hips come back. Hip angle is now set, and she’ll return that bar back down. So sometimes what we’ll see is the shoulders are gonna rise too fast or faster than the hips. So hold on one second for me, Jenn. What you guys are gonna see here is that on this lift, her shoulders are gonna open up too soon or before those hips do, so watch. You can see how the shoulders rise faster than the hips. Now I’m gonna have her do it again. This time——go ahead back down for me, Jenn—— I want you to watch the end of her barbell. She’s gonna do the same thing. What happened to the bar path? It came out and around, right? We can see the opposite happen, where instead of the shoulders rising too fast, we see the hips rising too fast, and it’ll look like this, so watch her hips. Right? See her hips shoot up before the shoulders do? Looks kind of like a stiff-legged deadlift. Nothing wrong with a stiff-legged deadlift. It’s a great accessory movement for, you know, building some hamstring and glute strength, but it’s not gonna allow us to lift the most load. So for both of these faults, a tactile cue sometimes can be really helpful for your athletes. So if Jenn’s down in the bottom——actually can you move forward? I’m gonna come on the box with you a little bit here——what I can do is give her a tactile cue here at the shoulders and at the hips, and as she starts to rise, if I see the shoulder shoot up too quickly: No, Jenn. I need more here. Right? So she can kinda feel my pressure, and I know that I want that equal pressure and help her maintain and find where I need her to be on that rise.

12 Replies to “Common Flaws in the Deadlift”

  1. Nice video but the woman's shoulders should not be in front of her toes toes shoulders bar should all be parallel before Lift-Off. Her back posture is perfect but if you watch her her shoulders are way too far in front of her toes.

  2. Now this is funny! Crossfit trying to teach proper lifting form…LOL!
    As the video open, the young lady going through the motion(s) has a slight arch in her back and the instructor neither catches it nor corrects it…LOL!
    Of Mark Rippetoe was watching this he would either go ballistic or hang his head in disbelief…

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