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Deadlift form

Posted: Tue May 09, 2006 7:32 pm
by hoosegow
Does anyone else have problems scraping the tibia when deadlifting? I've switched to using a Smith machine but do not like the motion. My scrapes have finally healed, though. I didn't have the problem on lower weights. I can't see how my form has changed that much, except at lower weights I think I cheat and use more of my back and can't pull as straight up. Any thoughts?

Posted: Tue May 09, 2006 7:59 pm
by Ryan A
You can always move the bar out away from your shins to start the motion.

I used to do this but when I moved it farther out, I started lifting a lot more weight.

Posted: Tue May 09, 2006 10:30 pm
by Mog16
just nut up and take it...I regularly bleed on leg day, the adrenaline from the lift should carry you through.

Posted: Tue May 09, 2006 11:53 pm
by Ryan A
If you are bleeding, then the bar is hitting too much. It is supposed to brush your legs not grind up them.

Posted: Wed May 10, 2006 3:08 am
by Mog16
I generally just hit the shin in the opening motion as I'm exploding up, if I have the bar too far out I feel that I'm using my low back as too much a lever instead of using my legs to get the weight up. Oh, and it's not like I'm gushing blood, just minor scrapes about 14 inches up my shin.

Posted: Wed May 10, 2006 5:32 am
by hoosegow
Blood on the bars - nice. Hep-C, Hep-B, Staph. Ryan, I understand what you are saying, in concept. As soon as you stand up, the weight is going to end up in the same place, though. What about not dropping my hips as far and using more lower back?

Posted: Wed May 10, 2006 9:06 am
by JeffD
heres something you may find usefull..

Posted: Wed May 10, 2006 10:50 am
by Ryan A
When I deadlift I do not drop my hips down very much.

I start with the bar over the lower park of my shoelaces (where the shoelaces start) so not quite to the toes but almost. When I start the lift, I rock back onto my heels a bit and let my shoulders move behind the bar and get my hips a bit lower. This is my starting position.