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Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Workout Wednesday - The Deadlift

Have a pen handy? Go ahead and stand up from your computer. Drop your pen on the ground. Go ahead and pick up your pen. You just did a Deadlift!

"Oh my gosh Mike, why did you make me do a deadlift! I heard deadlifts are bad for your back! Do you want me to get a herniated disk or something!"

Similar to my discussion of the Squat in last weeks "Workout Wednesday", the deadlift has gotten a bad name because of turds like this guy...

Love the leotard!!

The deadlift is much like the squat in that if you perform the movement with terrible form then you are asking for an injury. As I mentioned in my discussion of the squat, there are two sure fire ways to injure yourself in the gym.

  1. Perform a movement with terrible form and add a lot of weight. (like the guy in the video)
  2. Perform a movement with terrible form and perform a lot of said movement. Like this dude...
Want to work your abs? Want to strengthen your back? Want a nice booty? (Come on, where did you think that link was going to send you? This is a family friendly site you pervert!) Then learn how to do some deadlifts.

Coach Greg Glassman of Crossfit gives a great explanation of why to deadlift...

Could not have said it better myself.

I hope you have learned why the squat and deadlift are not terrible, injury causing, movements and why you should learn how to perform these movements and add them into your training program. Next week I will discuss why it is OK to run with scissors! No, wait... That is actually dangerous. Don't run with scissors.

3 comments:

made me chuckle! love you :)
you might like this post by gary taubes: http://www.garytaubes.com/2010/12/inanity-of-overeating/

Question? Last week in sqat post you stated that 25% depth is bad for knees. When looking at the dead lift tecnique it looks like you go about 25% knee bend. Can squats be tough on knees and if so would you be better off perfecting the squat and adding wight to that excercise?

GREAT QUESTION! The reason your knee bend is different for the deadlift than the squat is because of where the load is. With the squat the load is on your back, so therefore over your center of gravity. In order to lift that load, your quadriceps and hamstrings must apply equal forces across the knee joint in order to extend the knee safely. With the deadlift the load is in front of you, so your glutes and hamstrings must apply more force to equal the force of the weight on the bar. This will apply equal amount of forces on the knee (anterior and posterior).

This is a simple and quick answer to your question. I will try to get into more detail in future posts. (perhaps next Workout Wednesday)

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