3 Deadlift Mistakes You Might Be Making

by 4 years ago

There’s no lift that satisfies the soul quite like the deadlift. Something about picking up some heavy ass weight off the floor brings on a physical high, but also a mental high as well. It causes a primal rush that makes you feel like a fucking badass.

Deadlifting bros probably want to deadlift more weight. It’s not like we’re all trying to catch up to Eddie Hall and deadlift 1,000lbs, but hitting certain thresholds like 400, 500, or 600lbs are milestones that most lifting bros shoot for. There’s a certain level of pride that comes with breaking into new realms of poundage. It’s like a rite of passage in the weight room.

Here are 3 deadlift mistakes you might be making, and how to solve them.

  • Finding The Right Stance

This is painfully obvious, but one of the most fucked up things I see in the gym. There are two deadlift stances that can be used, conventional or sumo.

Conventional stance involves having the feet close together right up under the shoulders and the hips. Sumo involves having the feet way out wide. Each stance has it’s own pros and cons.

It’s up to you to play around and figure out what works best for you. Some people’s hip structure dictates that they’re better suited for a sumo stance deadlift. These same people probably do better with a low bar type squatting position.

Others are better suited for a conventional deadlift. Like I said, it’s up to you to figure out which one works best for you.

God forbid though, don’t you dare go right in between the two. This is an easy way to ensure you’re not in a good position to pull as much weight as you can. It seems like a given, but I can’t explain how many people I’ve seen deadlift who look like they can’t make up their mind about which stance they want to use. Don’t let that be you.