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:
- Maintain lumbar curve
- Weight on heels
- Shoulders slightly in front of the bar on your set up
- Bar stays in contact with the legs throughout the movement
- Hips and shoulders rise at the same rate until one the knees with the bar
- 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.