Deadlifting Safely Without Hurting Your Back #1 – Don't Arch at the Top
Deadlifting Safely Without Hurting Your Back #2 – Don't Arch at the Bottom
Deadlifting Safely Without Hurting Your Back #3 – Don't Round at the Bottom
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.
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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
A friend of mine recently reached out for help with her tight calves.
When your calves are incessantly and outrageously tight and tender to touch, what is there to do?
A friend reached out the other day asking me if I have any great IT band stretches or hints for rolling out the IT band. She wanted to know prior to beginning her training for a half marathon.
So I am of the belief that stretching the IT band does nothing because it never changes things over the long term. The number one way I address it is by addressing pelvic positioning. You’ll usually see glutes that don’t allow the hip to come back into the socket. The primary attachment of the glute is the IT band. Also of consideration is the tensor fascia lata (TFL). If the hip can’t stay seated in the socket, you’ll also notice an overactive TFL. Both of these lead to IT band tightness and both of these are left unaddressed by IT band stretching. It can assist your program, but it alone is not enough. The learning component of the new position or “tone” is just not there.
Here’s an example of a tight IT band, an exercise I prescribed this particular client, and the results of it afterward. Look at hip position and how her head an neck don’t move reciprocal and then DO move reciprocally some of the time.
A key talking point here is that the exercise I give each person is generally different. There are some I could just give everyone, and I might still do that if I want to “play it safe” or “cover all my bases” if I think the client has the patience for it. Just about all the time, however, I am evaluating each person and giving them an exercise based on what I deem they need. Faster results means more time for the cool stuff.
Header photo credit: Allen Tucker
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.