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How to Coach the Deadlift Set-up for Strength and Safety

Written on September 4, 2014 at 7:11 am, by Eric Cressey

I recently was asked how I approach breathing at the start of a deadlift, and - realizing that it was just the tip of the iceberg with respect to the deadlift set-up - I decided I'd post this presentation on the topic. This four-minute video is an excerpt from my longer presentation, 15 Things I've Learned about the Deadlift, which is a component of our Functional Stability Training of the Lower Body resource.

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3 Responses to “How to Coach the Deadlift Set-up for Strength and Safety”

  1. Carlos Says:

    Great article. I don’t mean to go off topic, although I think this relates to proper execution of any lift, but what are your opinions on manual muscles testing? You have neuro kinetic therapy and muscle activation technique which claim to be able to test muscle in isolation. These practitioners believe that you can be losing a lot of force and placing yourself in a potentially injurious environment unless you use these techniques to get to the root of your imbalances. I believe it’s tilted more towards paralysis by analysis with some of these techniques.
    Long winded but appreciate the time. Thanks

  2. Eric Cressey Says:

    I think manual muscle testing definitely has merit, Carlos. This is particularly the case at the shoulder, in my experience.

  3. BT Says:

    Eric, you mentioned that that having ‘sausage-like’ low back erectors is a sign that a person is moving incorrectly. Do you feel less developed low back erectors are better than those that are more developed?

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