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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.

What to Do When Your Knee Hurts While Deadlifting

tl;dr
Knees hurt sometimes. It’s okay. Try to improve your form (details below). If that doesn’t work, try a different exercise like split squats, step ups, or lunges.

Table of Contents

  1. Introduction
  2. Medical Disclaimer
  3. Why Does Your Knee Hurt?
    1. What is knee pain?
    2. What is the deadlift?
    3. Analyzing your deadlift
      1. View your deadlift from the side
        1. Round back
        2. Arched back
        3. Balanced feet
      2. View your deadlift from behind
        1. Knee caved in
        2. Knee splayed out
        3. Hip shift
  4. Fixing Your Deadlift
    1. Fix knee alignment
      1. Feet stay flat
      2. Hip-knee-ankle inline
    2. Fix hips shifting
      1. Hips twisting
      2. Side shifting
    3. Start from scratch
  5. Modify the Plan
    1. Why are you deadlifting?
    2. Try single leg exercise
    3. Switch up your workouts
  6. Stress Management
    1. What is stress?
    2. Sleep
    3. Nutrition
    4. Mental health
  7. Hire a professional
  8. Summary

Introduction

Sometimes our bodies don’t hold up as well as we wish they would.

Even just last night I went for a walk and limped the last half of it because of my knee. And I’m 28 years old! (at the time of writing this)

Why is pain such a pain?

Due to my own creaky joints, I tend to specialize in training people with aches and pains. When it comes to helping my clients, fixing poor technique is always first on my mind. Bad exercise form can stress your body in ways that your mind does NOT appreciate.

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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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