When someone is brand new to deadlifting, I like to break the movement into three pieces, in the following order:
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.
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“PRs aren’t supposed to look pretty.”
Is that true?
Am I supposed to look like a fidgety squirrel on all my heavy sets?
Are we doomed to biomechanical compensation every time we try to push strength?
I’m seeing this pattern over and over and I need to talk about it.
I have some people, usually overweight or obese, who have some sort of joint pain. But they need to workout, build fitness, and lose weight.
So we try to give them all of those adaptations at the same time.
And hey, sometimes it actually works.
So you’ve caught yourself or someone else doing this little lean thing while lunging.
Whatever is going on, you know that it ain’t right. That’s a great start! But… what IS going on?
Addressing the Thorax
There are a few things that might be going on here. I’ll describe them based on how they look.
- Lateral translation of the thorax, looks more like a listing pole
- Side crunching of the thorax, looks more like one shoulder is lower than the other
I just saw a comment on one of my daily YouTube videos that shook me.
It’s not that it was particularly scary or outrageous… it just reminded me so much of me.
How do you get huge while nursing your body? Is it even possible?
How do you treat that nagging shoulder/elbow/hip/back/etc but still have fun in the gym?
How do you sweat and make your muscles burn when you feel indefinitely injured?
This post is probably the most existential topic I’ve ever covered. It addresses the questions I’ve been pondering the most for the last decade.