Blast Through Deadlift Weak Points : Part 1

Powerlifter Deadlift

Where's your deadlift weak point? One of the best indicators is the point where you fail a max effort deadlift - above the knees or below the knees.

1. Rack Pulls

If you fail above the knee, adding in heavy rack deadlifts or rack pulls will blast through that weak point. This will train the upper half of the deadlift more directly and strengthen your glutes and hips which are big factors in locking out. Working up to max singles or triples works well but experiment and see what works for you.

2. Deficit Deadlifts

If you fail below the knee or few inches off the floor, deficit deadlifts off plates or some platform will conquer that weak point. This is a good way to trick your body and when you return to regular floor deadlifts, the weights will feel a lot lighter.

Stay tuned for part 2. Let us know what helped you blast through deadlift sticking points in the comments below.

Words by Dan Profane

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fatAZZgymrat said...

My dl is lousy. Setup is never ez for me. Never feels correct. Hip hinge isnt great either. Help im ready to drop it

Dan said...

@fatAZZgymrat do you have a video of your deadlift? I could take a look and see if I can spot why.