Deadlift Diagnosis

About the Author: Eric Cressey

I’m a deadlift-aholic. I don’t just want to pull; I want to pull every minute of every day for the rest of my life. I dream about grinding out heavy pulls where the bar seemingly bends in half, and I jump at the opportunity to do speed pulls so quickly that I nearly castrate myself with the bar. This passion has led me to a ranking in the Powerlifting USA Top 100 for my weight class, and the brink of a 1RM of 3.5 times my body weight.

Do I expect you to share my enthusiasm? No, although it would be nice if you’d at least get a little excited to humor me! I do, however, hope that you’ll derive some benefit from my passion and the perspective it’s enabled me to attain. Whether you’re a powerlifter, bodybuilder or athlete, the deadlift and its variations should take a central role in your training.

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Eric Cressey