Monthly Archives: June 2014

What is the best squat stance?

Squat technique is going to vary from lifter to lifter. Finding your optimal technique will take some experimentation.

I just wanted to kick this off with a video of me squatting so you can take a look at my stance and technique.  This is a video of me squatting 600 at a body weight of 234.

Adam Pine 600 X 1

 What is the best squat stance?

Finding your optimal squat stance can be difficult and confusing.  You hear different advice from experts all the time.  “Squat as wide as possible”. “Raw squatters should use a high bar narrow stance”.  Then you see a video of Dan Green squatting raw, using a low bar wide stance. What do you do?

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Benni-Magnusson-Deadlift

3 Tips for a Bigger Deadlift

 

Takeaway:

– The setup is the most important part of the deadlift. It will dictate the performance of your lift.

– Think of the deadlift not only as a pull, but a push too. Push your heels through the floor and stand up explosively!

– Practice the movement and perfect your technique. Choose accessory work that’s specific to strengthening your weaknesses.

The deadlift is arguably the ultimate test of strength.  There aren’t too many things more basic than picking a heavy weight off the floor. While deadlifting looks easy, it requires a great deal of practice to master the technique.

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How to Increase your Deadlift: Deficit Deadlifts, Snatch Grip Deadlifts, Paused Deadlifts

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There are many reasons you can fail at a deadlift. One reason might be your setup and technique needs work. That’s just one reason why it’s really important to practice actual deadlift. On my deadlift day I start with the conventional deadlift and then pick a movement to focus an area of the lift that is weak. Here are some exercises that will help you fix those weak points off the floor and increase your deadlift.

Deficit deadlifts
I love deficit deads for building strength off the floor. Stand on a 100 lb plate, or something lower, as low as an inch and pull. If what you’re standing on is too high, it can cause you to round your lower back, causing low back pain. I recommend something about 3” or less. When you do these, make sure you are stopping at the bottom, and letting the weight rest, if you let the weight rebound off the floor, you are defeating the purpose of the movement. Deficit deads will help you build strength through a lower starting point.

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