The Maddox Method program has some deadlifting today!

For many of you this is your favorite lift – aren’t you excited that we get to lift heavy today??

The deadlift is a functional movement – it’s a natural movement that is essential to our existence. The deadlift is simply picking something up off the ground – we all do this when we pick up a box, groceries, our child, etc.

For your back to be healthy, it must be strong enough to lift reasonably heavy objects off the floor. This is a back exercise. Your musculature needs to fight hard to keep your spine aligned and rigid through a full range of motion.

A few key points:

  1. Maintain lumbar curve
  2. Weight on heels
  3. Shoulders slightly in front of the bar on your set up
  4. Bar stays in contact with the legs throughout the movement
  5. Hips and shoulders rise at the same rate until one the knees with the bar
  6. At the top the hip is completely open, chest is up and knees are straight.

If this is a newer lift for you, or if you’re just starting out, there’s absolutely nothing wrong with lifting a PVC pipe and perfecting your form – trust me, it will be challenging if you’re constantly fighting for the perfect technique.

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