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Category: Deadlift

Posts about your favorite hip hinging movement.

If you read my stuff, you probably already understand that the deadlift is WAY more difficult to coach than the squat. People love to use their low backs.

And for some clients, as I’m sure you’ve learned the hard way, that’s just not a sustainable way to do things.

This seven-video playlist is here to help you fix that frustrating deadlift.

Want your clients to deadlift safely? Check out The Movement Seminar.

When someone is brand new to deadlifting, I like to break the movement into three pieces, in the following order:

  1. Top
  2. Bottom
  3. Middle

There’s a lot to coordinate if you’re not a particularly athletic and physically literate human. Breaking it down into chunks helps you learn.

Need help teaching the deadlift? Check out The Movement Seminar.

Another Perspective on the Single Leg Romanian Deadlift

One of my powerlifting clients came to me after he was unable to continue lifting.

The kid is hilarious and super fun to work with, but his movement needs some work. After going through his initial assessment videos… let’s just say I wasn’t surprised that he needed a change.

He’s been putting in some work for a few patient months now. I ask all of my clients for feedback on what they like and what they don’t like about the their program when it’s time to write a new one. He and I had an interesting exchange before I wrote his program…

He said he didn’t really like the single leg Romanian deadlifts (SLRDLs).

Now, those who know me know how big a fan I am of the SLRDL. And knowing about the issues he has with stability in the frontal plane, I had a feeling that he was compensating to make the movement easier and to avoid using the right muscles in the right positions.

Let’s break it down.

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Coaching Tips for the Single Leg Romanian Deadlift

The single leg Romanian deadlift is one of my favorite exercises to program. My clients know to expect to see it in their programs.

One of my clients was having some trouble performing it a few weeks ago. I broke it down for him and thought the explanation might be able to help some people out there.

Everything following is part of the email I sent him which breaks down my thought process and gives specific cues to address his technique on this exercise.

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