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    Deadlift form check

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    I am not an expert, but it looks like you are straigtening your knees/using the hip hinge too early. I think your knees should still be slightly bent until the bar is raised above them. Doing this should help put more emphasis on your glutes/hamstrings and less on your lower back since you can keep the bar closer to your body.

    Your form on the way down is great. See how your knees bend as the bar passes them? Try to mimic that same motion, just in reverse of course, on the way up.

    I recently read these articles from Eric Cressey:
    3 Coaching Cues for Strength and Conditioning Programs - Deadlift Technique Edition | Eric Cressey | High Performance Training, Personal Training
    Deadlift Dynamite: What a 1,000-Pound Pull Can Teach You | Eric Cressey | High Performance Training, Personal Training

    My personal favorite cue that I found on a website a few years ago is to "push your knees out" when you are at the bottom about to start the lift. This fires your hip flexors and hamstrings so that they take the brunt of the weight at the bottom instead of your lower back.

    Keep up the good work!
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    Out of curiosity, are you supposed to put the bar down each time? I only deadlift with a kettlebell, and just take it to mid-shin on way down. I think doing so may help you emphasize the glutes and hamstrings, keeping a constant motion vs. starting over each rep. Feel free to disregard...
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    A barbell deadlift is only complete if you set the weight back down again (even if it's just a touch and go, you still have to contact the floor).
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    Quote Originally Posted by Owly View Post
    A barbell deadlift is only complete if you set the weight back down again (even if it's just a touch and go, you still have to contact the floor).
    What's "dead" about it if you touch and go? In order to truly deadlift, you have to deload the weight or your set consists of 1 deadlift followed by (your set - 1) Romanian deadlifts, which are easier.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RichMahogany View Post
    What's "dead" about it if you touch and go? In order to truly deadlift, you have to deload the weight or your set consists of 1 deadlift followed by (your set - 1) Romanian deadlifts, which are easier.
    If you fully make contact with the ground at the bottom, you're not doing a Romanian deadlift. You may make only very brief contact, but as long as you fully lower the weight to the ground and then lift it again, I'm not getting why you say it's not a real deadlift.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Owly View Post
    If you fully make contact with the ground at the bottom, you're not doing a Romanian deadlift. You may make only very brief contact, but as long as you fully lower the weight to the ground and then lift it again, I'm not getting why you say it's not a real deadlift.
    Because it isn't. Calling this a deadlift is CrossFit propaganda (I'm kidding, but it's sort of true). A deadlift is lifting a loaded barbell from the floor with no stretch reflex and no rebound. That's what the word "dead" in its name refers to.

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    Thanks. I learn so much on here.
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    As said above it looks like your hip drive is off.
    It looks like you are using 15kg plates and not the full size 20 or 25kg plates. If you are going to use the smaller plates you should elevate them slightly so the bar is at the same height it would be if you were using the larger plates.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dirlot View Post
    As said above it looks like your hip drive is off.
    It looks like you are using 15kg plates and not the full size 20 or 25kg plates. If you are going to use the smaller plates you should elevate them slightly so the bar is at the same height it would be if you were using the larger plates.
    There's a 20kg plate and a 10kg plate. Thanks for the advice, and the others. I'll record myself again next time
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