Deadlift Technique: How to Take the Tension Out of the Bar

About the Author: Eric Cressey

If you’re looking to improve your deadlift technique, don’t overlook this crucial set-up cue that takes place right before you initiate the pull. Some folks call it “taking the slack out of the bar,” while I call it “taking the tension out of the bar” (and into your body).  Regardless, you need to do it!

You can see this technique in action on my recent 600×3 PR set; you’ll notice that the bar is already bending slightly before I actually put force into the floor.

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