About 4 years ago while working at the Third Space in Soho Kate and I filmed a number of exercises with the idea being I would put out basic info on how to perform all the exercises I recommend. Rather than let them go to waste, I’m going to be putting them out over the next few weeks, month.
- Stand with feet just shy of shoulder width flat beneath bar, shins close to bar and chest over the bar
- Grasp bar with shoulder or slightly wider than shoulder width grip. Use an overhand or mixed grip.
- Lift by pushing down through the heels into the floor and bringing hips and knees to full extension.
- Ensure shoulders are pulled back at top of lift and not rounded. Ensure back is not hyperextended.
- Return bar to the ground under control ensuring it makes contact with the ground to enable subsequent reps to be “dead” lifts.
- Repeat for reps ensuring form is maintained.
Personally, after some minor back trouble as a child, I avoided the deadlift for many years; scared if would lead to injury. This was partly due to seeing so many young me I trained with or knew through association performing the exercise so poorly with far too much weight on the bar. As I gained in confidence and knowledge with weight training I added the exercise to my repertoire. Personally, I am still conservative with the weight but have found the exercise useful in improving other lifts and overall strength and conditioning.
Use the exercise, just watch your form and start light.