the joy of strength training


January 26th, 2008 at 1:15 am

My deadlift: then and now

Anyone who has been following my personal deadlift saga might remember that I was on a mission to fix some errors in my form by dropping the weight right down and concentrating on technique. Finally, I am back to the weight I was at before I began this journey: 90kg (which is 150% bodyweight). It has taken much longer than I thought it would and of course things are still not perfect.

But my form is improved and, more than that, my understanding of this lift and ability to analyse it and coach myself has increased immeasurably. I may not be 100% happy with my lift, but at least I have some idea of how to fix it and what it should look like.

I’ve made a short video showing the two lifts together.

Being able to film my lifts has made an enormous difference. Not only can I actually see what’s going on, but I can post the videos online so that other people can help me analyse them. I’ve had great advice from readers of this website and other friends, so thank you very much for that!

I have also been consulting Mark Rippetoe’s Starting Strength closely. It’s a great book, very detailed. However, as with all books, it’s one thing to absorb the information intellectually, another thing to make it manifest in your lift. I would recommend also reading what other people have to say on the exercises rather than religiously following one person. Sometimes, another coach’s cue or observation can help you more.

It continues to amaze me how much there is to learn about a lift that looks as simple as a deadlift.

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  • 1

    Hi there! You really have a great fitness-site, and thank’s for the deadlift-video your share with us, I’m still polishing my deadlift and your video really helps out.
    Keep up the godd work 🙂

    Liss on January 26th, 2008
  • 2

    Thanks Liss! I don’t think I’ll ever be completely happy with my deadlift but getting there is part of the fun.

    gubernatrix on January 26th, 2008
  • 3

    Much improved!

    Would like to see a tighter set before the bar leaves the ground – it doesn’t look like you took in air before lifting.

    Lincoln on January 27th, 2008
  • 4

    I agree with filming yourself, you can totally see what’s right and wrong, from the outside perspective. I noticed on a lot of my videos that my form was far from perfect, and it’s helped me improve my training quite a bit.

    Jason on January 27th, 2008
  • 5

    @ Lincoln: Cheers, I do take a big breath before lifting but perhaps it’s not enough. I’ll try to tighten everything up more.

    gubernatrix on January 27th, 2008
  • 6

    @ Jason: people often ask me whether I get embarrassed filming my exercises in the gym. But it’s just so useful that even if I do feel a bit self-conscious I just ignore it! It’s my back, after all….!

    gubernatrix on January 27th, 2008
  • 7

    I do hear you, a lot of folks have asked me why I am camera shy, but don’t think twice about filming an exercise, I use it as a tool to show others, and to improve myself.

    Jason on January 27th, 2008


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