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5 Simple Cues You Need to Know for a Bigger Deadlift

Great deadlifters can make lifting even the heaviest weights look easy.

It takes these lifters years of practice to gain mastery and perfect their deadlift technique.

Experienced lifters have listened to hundreds of cues trying to perfect their form.

Often the right string of word creates a remarkable connection between your mind and body, allowing you to perform a movement seamlessly.

However, the same cues aren’t always going to connect and make sense to everyone.

In this article, I’ve outlined 5 cues. They’ve connected with me and many of my clients.

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Stronger in 60 Seconds: Flat vs. rounded back deadlift

Flat vs. rounded back deadlift.

Here are my thoughts after trying both:

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Round back: My shoulders are dropped to shorten the ROM. I make my arms long and reach for the bar. This sets my lats down towards my front pockets, keeping my lats/upper back tight.

My lower back starts in a neutral position, while my upper back is slightly rounded.

With “longer” arms, I’m able to start with my hips closer to the bar. This improves the leverage and allows me to have a more aggressive push off the floor.

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Stronger in 60 Seconds: Prevent your lower back from rounding in the deadlift

Setting and maintaining a flat back position during the deadlift can be a challenge.

Here’s a simple cue on how to prevent your lower back from rounding.

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Cues to Remember:

  • Keep your arms straight and get the bar in tight like you’re trying to bend it over your legs.
  • Pull your chest up like you’re trying to show someone in front of you the logo on your shirt. 
  • Leg press the floor away. Heels through the ground to push the floor away from you as fast as possible.

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