Lefthand's Tip of the Week - Ep. 9 - DEADLIFT
1. BE BRACED BEFORE THE LIFT
The deadlift is a full body lift. Therefore, your body needs to be strong and braced before you even start to lift the bar. Focus on engaging your lats, abs, hamstrings, glutes, and the rest of your core to feel stable before the rep starts.
2. PULL THE BAR BACK
As you start the lift, feel like you're pulling the bar "back" and towards your hips, finishing with your hips all the way through the bar. You want to keep the bar as close to your legs as you can the entire time. This will support the feeling of staying braced.
3. KEEP YOUR WEIGHT BACK
This coincides with the second tip. Keep your weight back towards your heels so that the bar stays close to your body.
4. STAND AS FAST AS POSSIBLE
Practice being explosive, regardless of the amount of weight that's on the bar. Even though the deadlift is considered a "slow lift", you want to practice standing up as fast as possible to increase stamina and efficiency. You don't want to feel out of control, but rather strong. Feel like you're controlling the bar instead of the bar controlling you.
That's all for now! Tune in next week for the following episode!