Deadlift – Not Just a Slow Lift

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Today’s Workout

Deadlift – 2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2
– Dynamic Effort @ 50-60% 1RM
– use your choice of rubber band
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AMRAP 5
5 Push Press (135/85)
5 Bar Facing BurpeesSo you’ve all seen it before… the guy that is deadlifting 900+ pounds whose 1RM attempt takes 27 seconds. Yes, that is one way to train the deadlift… lift heavy stuff. At maximal loads, this is very often very, very, very slow. Well how about deadlifting in preparation for the Olympic lifts? You certainly are not slow in any sense of the word when you’re in the middle of the Snatch or Clean & Jerk.

Prior to Mark Bell’s Powerlifting Seminar at CFLA, during which he shared shared some of Westside Barbell’s conjugate method, we had no method for training the deadlift fast. Now we do… and in today’s workout, we’re practicing speed… in picking weight up off the floor. This does not mean sacrificing form… instead, it means cutting back the load to 50-60% of your 1RM, adding a rubber band and lifting the weight, quickly. Check out the specific form in the video below… direct from Chelsea Piers, New York!


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