- Bend knees slightly and bend over bar with back straight.
Grasp bar with wide overhand grip. Disengage bar by rotating
- Pull bar to upper waist. Return until arms are extended and
shoulders are stretched downward. Repeat.
- Torso may be kept horizontal for strict execution. Platform
(as shown) is only needed if smith machine does not allow bar
to be lowered to lowest position. Knees are bent in effort to
keep low back straight (See Hamstring
Inflexibility). If low back becomes rounded due to tight
hamstrings, either knees should be bent more or torso may not
be positioned as low. Either fix may compromise involvement of
Latissimus Dorsi since it forces more shoulder
transverse extension and less shoulder
extension range of motion. If low back is rounded due to
poor form, deadlift
weight to standing position and lower torso into horizontal position
with knees bent and back straight. A shoulder width or underhand
grip can increase lat involvement by emphasizing shoulder extension
over transverse extension.