Physical therapist, conditioning coach and Squat University founder Dr. Aaron Horschig creates fitness content with a focus on mobility, stability and longevity as well as strength, designed to help people work out safely and stay injury-free.
In a recent video on the Squat U channel, he highlights a common mistake that gets made at the very start of the deadlift, when lifters initiating the move by jerking the bar too quickly off the ground. In doing so, they also cause the hips to rise too fast and the lower back to move into excessive flexion, leaking energy.
Horschig then points to a clip of powerlifter Shane Hunt performing a deadlift as an example of how to more safely and effectively perform it. As Hunt gets into the bottom position at the start of the movement, he "builds tremendous tension throughout his entire body" and takes the slack out of the bar before proceeding to move his hips.
"This pre-tension in that bottom position and taking slack out is key to a good deadlift," he says.
Horschig continues: "Another tip to cut down on those hips that rise excessively fast, and the low back that moves into more and more flexion, which from a performance standpoint can lead to an inefficient lockout during your pull, is to position your shoulders over the top of your bar."
He finishes by quoting record-breaking powerlifter Yangsu Ren, a.k.a. the Deadlift Panda: "Think of your body like a book. Open the book up."
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