The tone of the book was convinced and evangelical regarding the Low Carb Way. The authors are also more than passing fond of stranglingly tight control knickers, the mere thought of which gives me the heebie-jeebies. That being said, I read the whole book. More Apparently my Anglophilia extends to reading diet books written by chatty middle-aged Brits, provided I see same on the NEW shelf at the library.
More for the chatty, girlfriendly tone than for the unsupported nutritional assertions. What is new is the refreshing "voice" of the authors -- both of whom were overweight. There is less in-your-face bitchery than Skinny Bitch. Feb 08, Shelly Clark rated it it was amazing. As a serial dieter for all my life now 50 I have tried everything from drugs to starvation. I'm just completing the first week of this diet and I'm feeling really good about it.
The book is easy to read and understandable, the advice clear and concise and it really does make me feel that I'm being supported by friends who want me to succeed. Check with me again when I've got to my target weight about what I think of this book. Mar 01, Khushboo Sood rated it really liked it.
I never did follow the diet - this WOE is ketogenic and not something i can subsist on. They are two normal people who actually went on a strict for some diet, and have given a day by day account of their experience. The wordplay truly is reminiscent of talking to your girlfriends about your weight issues and the continuing conversations to cheer you.
Would highly recommend as a self-help diet fiction :D. Jan 04, Sarah-Jayne Windridge-France rated it liked it. A lovely relaxed approach to losing some timber. Light hearted fun and ever so slightly ridiculous. My Mum loved this book! May 26, Vicky rated it liked it Shelves: non-fiction.
This is the first one written by someone who actually followed the diet. Neris and India are not dieticians, health experts, doctors, or any other expert on losing weight. What they are, is two women who were overweight and tried multiple diets until they found something that worked for them. They are honest about their struggles and about how hard it is to lose weight. In the diet portion of the book, they are also honest about how they felt each day of the diet, including constipation, cravings, and generally feeling like crap.
But they did lose weight — nearly pounds between the two of them. I have to admit reading this book was almost as entertaining as reading a novel. It is honest and pulls no punches. If I have any issues with it, they are because of the printing and some of the language. The language is noted above. Though realistic, it is disconcerting. The other issue is the colorization of the pages. The print is normal size black print but the pages are anything but normal white. They range from off white to dark gray. The darker the pages, the harder they are to read.
Eyestrain is a definite possibility while attempting to read, especially when light is less than optimal. The publisher should pay less attention to cute marketing ploys and more attention to readability. But as Nov 19, Rachel rated it it was ok Shelves: health-self-help , health. It was a wonderfully informal books which started off really well, addressing emotional eating and other topics that other diet books skim over.
A normal Brit living on minimum wage cannot afford that amount of organic produce, that much meat and all those supplements. Then there is the dubious nature of the results. India and Neris, for all their amazing chatty open writing and brutal honesty, don It was a wonderfully informal books which started off really well, addressing emotional eating and other topics that other diet books skim over. India and Neris, for all their amazing chatty open writing and brutal honesty, don't really seem to be telling the truth.
Their picture in the book for example - I couldn't really tell which were the before and which were the after. The 'after' photos show them in figure hugging dresses which could easily be hiding various types of fat pants designed to suck you in. Their photographs were taken at weird angles which seemed to make their faces slimmer but without direct side by side comparisions of before and after, it was so difficult to see more than a tiny bit of difference between the two - and as I said, fat pants make that much difference.
Another thing - they tired their hair back in the fat photos but had their hair styled around their faces in the 'after' shots. Again, clever photo trickery to give the illusion of weightloss. I enjoyed reading it, but don't think I will be following their plan. Too expensive and not enough evidence of the results. Even those readers before and after shots on their website frompigtotwig.
I found this book not very helpful for me. I would say it may be helpful if you are planning on doing an atkins diet as they want you to cut out all carbs for your first two weeks and then ease them back in. Then you gradually move to an organic diet filled with healthy foods in moderation. I can see that the intial 2 weeks may help "jump start" your weight loss but I have never heard this to be a healthy option.
The authors state they give you help on dressing but they mostly just repeatedly tol I found this book not very helpful for me. The authors state they give you help on dressing but they mostly just repeatedly told you to where Spanks, so you can go down a size right away and not to wear black. I don't want to see them fat, I know what is like to be fat. I want to see what you look like now.
I want to see how I should dress by examples of what you are wearing. Honestly I think my favorite was on page that shows you 4 pics of what not to wear including turtlenecks, black, "mary-poppins" clothes whatever that means, and COLOR. I don't understand. I am not supposed to wear black but you want me to "break up with color" what exactly would I wear then? Unfortunately the book does not help with this. The first 60 pages are slightly helpful. They have you write down what you like about yourself and think about why you are fat and how to overcome these things.
But anything past page 60 is a waste of time. Jan 26, Lynne rated it liked it Shelves: non-fiction , reference. This means I have to actually start the diet now, right?! I decided not to bother as the diet is VERY restrictive for the first fortnight, and I'd been suffering from some still as yet! It's a very middle class type of diet, free range and organic ingredients are seen as essential!
I also didn't like the way some of it made the feminist in me angry, ye This means I have to actually start the diet now, right?! I also didn't like the way some of it made the feminist in me angry, yes I'm overweight and that's bad for me in general, but it seemed quite judgemental sometimes, although it was obviously trying soooooo hard not to be! In the end, the sub-title of the book, 'from pig to twig' really pissed me off.
I don't want to be a twig! Most 'normal' what is normal anyway?! I read this book thoroughly from cover to cover, and was pretty determined I was going to give it a go, but I'm glad I didn't! YES I am still overweight but that's my issue, nobody else's! I'm more interested in finding sensible meals and solutions than going to extremes to try and be 'a twig'. It's basically a no-carb diet, starting off like Atkins, South Beach, etc. They claim upfront that they know nothing about nutrition though they did get their cholesterol, etc checked and it actually went down , which is one reason I wouldn't follow this to a T.
They also state that most people who write diet books don't know what it's like to be fat or have issues with food; while there are tons of books out there, I have read several written by recovering fatties and people with real food iss It's basically a no-carb diet, starting off like Atkins, South Beach, etc. They also state that most people who write diet books don't know what it's like to be fat or have issues with food; while there are tons of books out there, I have read several written by recovering fatties and people with real food issues.
What I did like about the book was the tone - it was very girlfriendy and pleasant. I wanted to hear more about Neris' struggles and cheating; what made her finally stop? I don't know if you can lose weight long-term without dealing with that. The diet was fairly easy to follow, but I'd recommend this as a companion to a more medically-based, better researched eating plan.
Aug 30, Saritha rated it liked it. I was scouting books on Change Management and thought the best place to look would be a book on weightloss. This one popped up at the library and turned out to be darned good research material. Basically, this is a low carb diet and has been written in a sort of join-the-dots manner where if you do everything the authors tell you to do,and you do it exactly the way they tell you, you're bound to lose weight and look fabulous. This proceeds initially day-by-day, then a weekly guide comes in once I was scouting books on Change Management and thought the best place to look would be a book on weightloss.
This proceeds initially day-by-day, then a weekly guide comes in once the momentum has been built. It's a good 'how-to' written in an interesting voice that basically tells you, 'Been there, done that, here are the learnings. A lot of the resources listed are UK-centric, but the advice is pretty universal. May 18, Abbey rated it it was amazing.
Basically this book is a story about how these women did the Atkins diet and lost like 70 pounds. But, I actually loved the book for any woman on a diet. Dieting is very alienating. As soon as you tell even your closest friend that you are on a diet its like you moved to a foreign country. This book is a kind of "girlfriends guide. She is honest and loving. The first 70 pages are about how they got fat and stayed f Basically this book is a story about how these women did the Atkins diet and lost like 70 pounds.
The first 70 pages are about how they got fat and stayed fat in the first place. It's like getting counseling for your own fat problems. I found myself saying, "I say the exact thing to myself!! It even has one of those strings that keep your place in the book I recommend anyone with weight issues to read the book. It was actually fun and dieting and fun rarely fall into the same category. I have never done the low carb diet, so when I saw this book it looked like a great way to get some weight off, try to kick my addiction to sugar, and have a good laugh reading the frequent witty comments found throughout.
Well I had a good laugh. I've followed their instructions to a tee for two weeks now and I have lost a few pounds AND inches, which is great. The not so great part is that it has played havoc with my blood sugar and I find myself thinking I'm going to tip over half the time. T I have never done the low carb diet, so when I saw this book it looked like a great way to get some weight off, try to kick my addiction to sugar, and have a good laugh reading the frequent witty comments found throughout.
Their statement that after day five you'll feel better than you ever have is subject to interpretation apparently. They have good ideas, and have had success with their efforts, but I think I'll do some modifying of my own of this diet. If you want a fun read, go for it. Your heels should be hip-width apart to create space for your legs.
Your knees will come too forward and in the way of the bar. Your hips should be higher so your shoulder-blades are over the bar. This puts your arms incline from the side. Lock your elbows. Straighten your arms before you pull the weight off the floor. Keep them straight during the whole movement until the lockout. Keep them straight. It may help to contract your triceps during your setup. Remember your Deadlift weight is easily five times heavier than what you curl.
Let your stronger legs and back muscles lift the weight. Always start by putting your mid-foot under the bar. Move your mid-foot under the bar before you setup rather than moving the bar over your mid-foot later. The bar must be still before you setup so you have a consistent starting position on every rep. Your floor should therefore be even. If the bar moves away from your mid-foot during your setup or between reps, best is to reset. Stand up, get the bar still, and put your mid-foot under the bar again.
Then setup and pull. Reset instead. The bar should move in a vertical line on the way down as well. And it should land right over your mid-foot again, ready for your next rep. Tape yourself from the side when you Deadlift. Your hip position for Deadlifts depends on your build. So forget about your hip position and focus on your setup. This moves your knees too far forward. A longer bar path is ineffective. Your back and hips have to do all the work. Deadlifts with high hips are Stiff-legged Deadlifts.
You want to lift as heavy as you can to gain maximum strength and muscle mass. The best way to find the proper hip position is to forget about your hips. Setup with the bar over your mid-foot.
staging.vclean.life/numerical-analysis-iterative-methods.php Now grab the bar and bend your knees until your shins touch the bar. Keep the bar over your mid-foot and raise your chest.
Your hips will be exactly where they should be. My long thighs put my hips higher. Someone with short legs who tries to Deadlift the same way will struggle. His legs will be too straight because of his different build. No hips below knee caps. Your shoulder-blades must be above your mid-foot when you setup. Every strong Deadlifter from Andy Bolton to Benedikt Magnusson to Mike Tuchscherer has his shoulder-blades above the bar when the weight leaves the floor. You pull it in a vertical line over your balance point — your mid-foot. So your shoulder-blades must be above the bar to pull against gravity.
There must be a perpendicular line running through them because this is the most efficient way to pull heavy weight off the floor — and this is regardless of your build, height, size, gender, etc. Lock the position by contracting your lats. Your shoulders must be in front of the bar when you setup for Deadlifts. This puts your shoulder-blades above the bar and is the most effective way to Deadlfit as discussed above. It puts your hips too low.
Your knees and shins will come too far forward. It will have to move around them instead of straight up which is ineffective. Keep your shoulders in front of the bar. Keep your shoulders relaxed. Your traps already work hard to keep your shoulders in place. Shrugging or rolling is unnecessary and bad for your shoulder joints. Let your shoulders hang while your legs lift the weight off the floor.
If you have long thighs with a short torso like me your back angle will be more horizontal to the floor. Same if you have short arms. Raise your hips and chest at the same time by pushing your feet through the floor. The angle of your shins depends on your build too. But they should be incline when looking from the side. If they do, the bar is too close and will hit your shins when you pull. The bar must stay in contact with your legs when you Deadlift to save your lower back. Dragging it over your shins to the top can feel uncomfortable at first and cause redness.
Protect your shins by wearing long pants or socks. Your shins should not bleed when you Deadlift. They should not get bruised either. The bar should start against your shins during the setup, and then drag over them to the top. But if your shins get beat up, your form is probably off. Push your knees out when you Deadlift. Then push your knees in the same direction as your toes during your setup and while you pull the weight. This will engage your groin muscles.
More muscles working is more weight you can Deadlift. Pushing your knees out also keeps them back and out of the way of the bar. The bar can move up in a more efficient vertical bar line. Straighten your legs through their full range of motion until your knee joints are locked. Deadlift with your lower back neutral.
Setup with the normal inward curve of your lower spine aka lordosis. This keeps the pressure on your spinal discs equal when you Deadlift. This squeezes the front of your spinal discs on the side of your stomach. It stretches the back of your discs. Over-arching your lower back is bad for the same reason. It also puts uneven pressure on your spinal discs but by squeezing the back part. Your lower spine must have a natural curve, not hyper-lordosis. Setup with the bar over your mid-foot, grab it and bend your legs until your shins touch the bar. If you struggle to put your lower back neutral, try to arch it.
Pull your hips to the ceiling while raising your chest. But remember proper Deadlift form is not hyper-lordosis but a natural arch in your lower spine. Raise your chest, contract your abs and take a big breath. Hold it and then pull. Otherwise your back will tire and round. It just keeps your spine neutral while transferring force generated by your legs to the bar. Your legs and hips lift the weight by starting bent and straightening out. Let them do the work.
Again, more weight is more strength is more muscle. Humor: J: Dr. And yet many people Deadlift like this. By that time I was so swollen and in excruciating pain I could hardly walk. Stop and raise your chest. I made an account on here just to comment. There is no bending or arching of your lower spine.
Your upper-back should also remain neutral when you Deadlift. You do this by raising your chest before pulling the weight. It will look slightly rounded when you raise your chest. Deadlift with your neck neutral. Position your head so you have that natural inward curve in your cervical spine. It also causes bad Deadlift form — you may try to relieve pressure in your neck from looking up by dropping your hips more.
Face the mirrors away if you can. Videotape yourself instead to check your Deadlift form.
The other mistake is to look at your feet or the bar. This relaxes your upper-back and makes it more likely to round. Your lower back is more likely to round too which is bad as already explained. Your chest must stay up and this works best when you keep your upper-back and neck neutral. Look at a point on the floor in front of you instead. Your neck will be neutral. The proper Deadlift setup looks like a half Squat. Your build determines your hip height and back angle. Setup by walking to the bar first. Put your mid-foot under it.
Then bend your legs until your shins touch the bar. Now straighten your spine by raising your chest. You should be able to draw a perpendicular through them when looking from the side. You should also be able to draw a straight line from your head to your hips. This is the most effective position to pull from.
Every rep must start from this position. The key is to lower the bar in a vertical line so it lands over your mid-foot again. Your back will tire and want to round as the reps go by. Lock it in the neutral position by raising your chest and taking a big breath before you pull the next rep. Your toes should be slightly out, about 15 degrees. Push your knees out as well — it keeps your shins back and out of the way of the bar.
Space is limited but try to push them in the same direction as your toes. This will engage your groin and helps you Deadlift more weight. This is the most effective way to pull because it is the shortest distance between the floor and the lockout. And since you have the best balance when the bar moves over your mid-foot, it should leave the floor from that position. Pull the weight slowly off the floor. Take the slack out of the bar first. Keep the tension, take a big breath, and then lift the weight off the floor.
The bottom should be slow. Drag the bar over your legs. If you setup correctly, your shins started against the bar. Protect your legs by wearing long pants or socks. Push your knees out while you lift the weight. This keeps them back and out of the way of the bar. It also engages your groin muscles more. This takes your quads out of the movement and makes the weight harder to Deadlift. Wait until the bar has left the floor to raise your hips and chest at the same time. Try to push your feet through the floor instead of pulling the weight back. The floor will obviously not move. But this cue stops your hips from rising too soon.
It helps properly involving your legs. There should be no horizontal bar movement when you Deadlift. One, this increases the distance the bar must travel to reach the lockout. Two, it makes the weight harder on your lower back.
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Fix your setup position. Step away from the bar, put chalk on, and try again with a mixed grip. Unlock your hips and knees. Then lower the weight by moving your hips back. Keep your legs almost straight while moving mostly from your hips. The goal is to keep your knees back and out of the way of the bar. This way you can lower it in a vertical line to your mid-foot. The bar will have to move around your knees to reach the floor. It will land over your forefoot which is an inefficient position to pull your next rep from.
Wait until the bar has passed your knees to bend them. Lower the weight by moving your hips back while keeping your legs almost straight. Keep the bar close by sliding it down your legs to your mid-foot. Normal inward curve. Lower the bar under control but not slow. It should be faster than the way up. One, that breaks the floor, plates and bar. Two, the way down builds strength and muscle too. Keep the bar in your hands and lower it under control back to the floor. Finish your Deadlift by locking your hips and knees.
Stand tall with your chest up and shoulders back. Keep your lower back neutral so you have that normal inward curve. Hold the weight for a second at the top, over your mid-foot. Then lower it back to the floor under control. Some powerlifters do this to avoid red lights in competitions. They want the judges to see they pulled their shoulders behind their hips. But leaning back loads your spinal discs unevenly. It squeezes the back of your discs which is dangerous as explained above.
Lock your hips so your lower back ends in a stable and safe neutral position. Lock your knees too. Heavy weight is easier to hold with locked than bent knees. Shrugging or rolling your shoulders at the top is unnecessary. Let your shoulders hang at the top. Inhale before pulling the bar off the floor. Continue to hold your breath at the top. Lower the weight back on the floor and then exhale. This is the proper way to breathe on Deadlifts because it increases lower back safety and strength. Holding that air increases pressure in your torso which puts force on your spine.
Your blood pressure will increase when you hold your breath. But it will return to normal after your set. Deadlifts actually lower your blood pressure by increasing muscle strength. Stronger muscles put less demand on your heart because it takes them less effort to do what you do. It decreases pressure in your torso.
Exhaling at the top is bad for the same reason. The reps are short so you can hold your breath until the bar is back on the floor. Exhale once the bar is back on the floor. Take a big breath and pull. Hold your breath at the top while holding the weight for a second. Then lower it back to the floor. Exhale, setup, inhale, repeat. Use this pause to breathe and set yourself back in a strong position before you pull again. But this takes work away from your muscles. So bouncing is cheating. Pulling from a dead stop is harder. But this is also why it builds more strength and muscle.
Bouncing gives you zero time for this which is why it causes bad form it usually ends in a stiff-legged rounded back pull. Keep the rest on the floor short so you can use the stretch reflex. Your hamstrings and glutes stretch on the way down. This makes them contract harder on the way up and increases strength. It should be just a second. It makes the next rep harder because you lose the stretch reflex. If you lower the bar correctly, it will land over your mid-foot.
Your hips and shoulder-blades will be in proper position. The only thing left is to breathe, put your spine neutral, and get tight. Avoid regripping the bar for the same reason. Or you gripped mid-palm and had to relax because of hand pain. Grip properly before starting your Deadlift set. Work hard on getting tight between reps to lock your spine in a neutral position. Grip the bar hard and plant your feet into the ground. Do this when you take that big breath right before you pull the weight off the floor.
Look at The Mountain in the top picture: he pulls with his head neutral, shoulders in front of the bar, bar drags over his legs, etc. He follows all the Deadlift tips in this guide because Deadlifting for tall guys is the same as for guys of average height. If you have long thighs like me, your knees will come more forward. Tall guys with long thighs think only they have such problems. Andy Bolton was the first guy to Deadlift lb.
He weighs lb. They Deadlift exactly like this guide lays out. Look at the picture above. They both setup with the bar over their mid-foot, their shoulder-blades over the bar, shoulders in front, head neutral, lower back neutral, etc. The usual challenge for bigger guys is that their belly gets in the way. Widen your stance. Go narrower than on Squats but wider than hip-width apart. You can create further space for your belly by pointing your toes out and pushing your knees to the side. Less thumb overlaps your fingers. Women are proof of this: they have smaller hands and weigh less.
You can do it too, regardless of the size of your hands, if you do the work. Finish every Deadlift set with static holds to further increase your grip strength. Your grip strength will increase, and so will your Deadlift. Small palms can result in bigger calluses. They force you to grip the bar mid-palm because you have little room to play with. Proper Deadlift for women is same as for men. This is because the body of a woman is similar to that of a man if you forget about the boobs and genitals for a minute. They also have two arms, two legs, two hands, two feet, one torso and one head.
That means you Deadlift the same way as men do. Setup with the bar over your mid-foot, grab the bar by bending over, and then drop your knees until your shins touch the bar. Do it right and your shoulder-blades will end over the bar. Pull from here by dragging the bar over your legs. Women tend to do this due to their hip anatomy more anterior pelvic tilt for making babies. Keep a natural arch by squeezing your abs. Wearing a belt can cue them to contract. However women use the same 28mm barbell in competitions as men do.
So unless an empty man bar is too heavy, just use it. Shave your calluses off to keep your hands soft if you like to give your man a massage. Strengthening your grip helps you holding the weight longer. You progress better as a result, increase your Deadlift and build bigger forearms muscles. The best way to increase your grip strength for Deadlifts is to use white knuckling, chalk and the mixed grip. Use chalk to absorb sweat. For extra grip work, do static holds. Straps cover a weak grip instead of strengthening it. Gloves make the bar thicker and harder to hold.
Stick with white knuckling, chalk and the mixed grip. Squeeze the bar until your knuckles turn white. The tighter your grip, the less the bar can move in your hands. Gravity will pull the bar down and out of your hands during Deadlifts. So squeeze hard. White knuckling also increases overall Deadlift strength. When you make a tight fist, all the muscles upstream your biceps, shoulders, etc contract harder. The full grip works best for white knuckling because you can squeeze harder.
That means you should wrap your thumbs around the bar so they overlap your fingers. The full grip works better for that. You can also keep your hands closed longer with the full grip. Gravity will pull the weight down. The bar will open your hands and roll down to your fingers. So Deadlift with a full grip and squeeze the bar hard. The mixed grip is holding the bar with one hand up, one down like a baseball bat. This increases grip strength by putting four fingers and two thumbs on both sides of the bar.
The normal grip puts eight fingers on one side but only two thumbs on the other side. So your thumbs always fail first. The mixed grip also cancels the bar rotation. Gravity pulls the bar down which opens your hands. The bar rolls to you and opens your hands more because both palms face you. Your grip muscles still have to fight gravity.
But your grip is working — with much heavier weights now. Most people face their dominant hand up. In I switched it around after a small injury.
Some people recommend switching the hand facing up on each set to avoid imbalances on the spine and shoulders. He never switches the hand facing up because that gives that arm half the practice. He wants full practice to increase grip strength, strengthen his arm in that position, and protect it against injury. Grip the bar tight with locked elbows but relaxed arms. Let your stronger legs and back muscles Deadlift the weight. Otherwise you have nothing to switch to the day the weight is too heavy to hold to.
Use the normal grip as long as you can. Deadlifting mixed grip will feel weird at first. It can feel harder to setup properly, as if you lack space. The quickest way is to face the same hand up everytime. This way you get double the practice with this grip. The bar will tend to drift forward on the side where your hand faces up. Keep it against your legs by pulling it back on that side. Pull even. If you have a shoulder injury or get shoulder pain from the mixed grip, switch the hand facing up. If it feels more comfortable that way, stick with it.
Use what you can use and stick with it. Static holds means holding the weight without doing any movement. On the Deadlift you do this by holding the weight at the top for several seconds before returning it to the floor. Static holds increase grip strength for Deadlifts by increasing time under tension. If you hold the bar for ten more seconds at the end, you trained your grip to hold that weight for 20 seconds. Do this enough and holding for 10 seconds becomes piece of cake. To do static holds you hold the weight at the end of your set. Just stand with the weight after your last rep.
Keep your hips and knees locked but let your shoulders and arms hang. Simple but super-effective. Do static holds on your last Deadlift set of the day at least. If this weakens your grip, only do statics holds on your top set until your grip strength increases. They build a different type of grip that has limited carry-over to Deadlifts. This is why static holds work better than grippers. Plus they only take 10 seconds at the end of each set. Keep the gripper closed for time instead. Take it slowly. If it hurts, stop. Revolving sleeves are easier on your wrists because the plates can spin when you Deadlift.
Deep, sharp knurling is better than smooth because it gives you a better grip. The middle of the bar should have no knurling except the very center for Squats.
This way your shin touch the smooth part of the bar when you Deadlift. If the whole bar is knurled it will scrape your shins and make them to bleed. This hurts and causes bad Deadlift form. Weightlifting bars are okay but not ideal. They spin more which is great for Olympic Lifting but not for Deadlifts.
The bar will rotate in your hands more. This makes the bar harder to hold. Cheap bars also bend easily. Invest in a quality Olympic Barbell. Some options:. The best plates for Deadlifts are round, made of iron and have 50mm holes. The bar will land away from your shins on some reps. Heavy Deadlifts will always make noise.
Plus bumpers can encourage bouncing between reps. This way you can setup with the bar at the proper mid-shin level. You could lower the weight more slowly to reduce noise. But this is stressful on your back and wastes strength for the next rep. Keeping the weight in the air is not an option as that is not a Deadlift. You can also build your own platform using horse mats and plywood. Chalk increases grip strength by absorbing sweat.
It stops the bar from moving in your hands when you have sweaty hands due to hot weather or a hard session. Chalk also reduces calluses from Deadlifting. You get calluses because the bar squeezes on your skin folds. Chalk fills up your skin folds which makes your palms smoother. Less of your skin gets trapped under the bar. This means less and smaller calluses than if you lifted without chalk. Some gyms forbid chalk. You can solve that with liquid chalk, it leaves no traces. Boardchalk is not gym chalk. Your skin can get beat up by the chalk, especially in cold winter.
Chalk works by drying your hands. So I must make sure I get rid of the chalk asap after training to avoid skin issues. Wash your hands when done, moisturize if needed. The best shoes for Deadlifts have thin, flat, hard soles. Thin soles shorten the distance the bar travels by putting you closer to the floor. Deadlifting barefoot puts you closest to the floor. Plus you have zero traction when Deadlifting barefoot. Deadlift slippers fix the issue of barefoot lifting. This gives you traction while keeping you close to the floor. Their soles have air or gel filling that compresses to absorb impact.
They compress differently on each rep which makes it impossible to control your form. Running shoes cause bad form, which increases the risk of injury. Belts increase your Deadlift by giving your abs something to push against. Your abs contract harder which increases pressure in your trunk.
This gives your lower back extra support and improves power transfer to the bar. They work MORE because they have something to push against. This is similar to how chalk allow your grip muscles to work harder. Chalk increases friction and help you hold on the bar better. Same with the belt: your abs can contract harder and lift more weight. My beltless Deadlift increased as my belted Deadlift did. Wear it on your last warmup set and work sets only, and remove it between sets. This trains your abs both ways: beltless and belted. Pulling with a round lower back can get you hurt despite wearing a belt.
The injury could be even worse if you thought the belt made you invincible. Always Deadlift with proper form, especially when using a belt. This way you can focus on proper form first. It will feel weird at first. Just a matter of practice like anything else. Your belt should be the same width across to give your abs a big surface to push against.
That makes bodybuilding belts inefficient for Deadlifts. Get one of these instead…. It never hurts but I wear it higher on Deadlfits than Squats. Straps make the bar easier to hold by wrapping it to your wrists. You can weaken your grip if you over-rely on straps. I made this mistake. Then I used them on Rows and Pullups. Then I used them on every set and exercise. So I quit using straps and let my grip strengthen. They just want to build muscle. But Deadlifting without straps builds bigger forearms. Your hands, wrists and forearms muscles must work harder to keep the bar in your hands.
This makes them stronger and thus more muscular — more strength is more muscle. The weight is easily five times heavier than on a wrist curl. Again, more weight is more strength is more muscle. This saves time. They just gives your abs something to push against so they contract harder. They make your grip muscles work less, not more.
My grip is strong enough to never hold me back. Otherwise I stick with white knuckling, chalk and the mixed grip. If you want to Deadlift with straps anyway, make sure you only use them on your heaviest set. Pull most sets without so your forearms get to work. The idea is to protect your hands against the pressure of the weight. Heavy weight puts pressure on your hands with or without gloves.
Gravity pulls it down. Your skin can still fold under the bar if you grip it wrong this causes hand pain and big callus. Gloves also make the bar harder to hold. The extra layer between your hands and the bar increases the diameter of the surface you grip. Gloves also add an unnecessary expense.
The bar will wear them out quickly. It will pull on them until the stitches come loose. Chalk and a pumice stone cost less, last longer, and limit callus formation better. Many people get gloves when they start lifting because their hands hurt. They hurt because you have no callus yet. Your hands will stop hurting if you stick it out. You could also wear gloves until that torn callus has healed. Success in the gym requires overcoming discomfort. You start each rep with the weight on the floor. This is the proper way to Deadlift. Pulling top-down usually promotes bouncing. You end dropping the bar fast and pull it back up using the rebound of the plates on the floor.
This creates fake strength at the bottom. You get an unpredictable bar path and thus bad form. Here you keep your legs almost straight while moving from the hips. This stresses your posterior chain more but limits how heavy you can go. Romanian Deadlifts are assistance for Deadlifts, not a substitute. Bouncing means dropping the bar quickly and using the rebound of the plates against the floor to pull the weight back up.
Bouncing builds fake strength. The rebound is. This becomes clear when you test your one rep max Deadlift. You pulled one. The other four were partials. Bouncing also increases the risk of injury. It will bounce unpredictably off the floor. It can bounce forward and away from your legs, which will stress your lower back more. Or it can bounce backwards into your shins, which will bruise them. Worse, bouncing happens so fast that you can neglect to use your legs. The usual mistake is to keep your legs straight and pull with your hips and back only. The proper way to Deadlift is from a dead stop.
Wait a second on the floor between reps. Use this pause to get tight and take a big breath before pulling your next rep. You put it on the floor. Keeping the weight in the air during your whole set is bad for you back. When it gets tired, the first thing it will want to do is round. Rounding your lower back during heavy Deadlifts squeezes your spinal discs. Give your back a break between reps by putting the weight back on the floor.
Then use that break to setup strong for your next rep. Put your spine neutral, lock it into position, get tight. Now take a big breath and pull. Again, if you want tension, put more weight on the bar. And resting the bar on the floor between reps works better for that.
Some people do this because their gym forces them to.
This puts your knees more forward and your shins more incline. This is how you end up with bruised knees and bloody shins from Deadlfits. The proper Deadlift setup position looks like a half Squat. Your exact hip position depends on the length of your limbs. The simplest way to find the proper hip position for Deadlift is to setup with the bar over your mid-foot.
Bend over with straight legs and grab the bar. Now bend your knees without moving the bar until your shins touch the bar. Stop and raise your chest. Your hips were in proper position. Some people will tell you to drop your hips more. Anyone who has done Deadlifts long enough knows this is silly. Nothing slides. Plus your trunk muscles are there to keep your spine from rounding in the first place. Just stand straight with the weight. Some powerlifters lean back in competitions. They end their Deadlifts by pulling their shoulders past their hips.
This is an exaggeration of the lockout on purpose. The goal is to show the side judges that they locked out the weight. They want to make sure get no red lights. But leaning back squeezes your spinal discs. It does this like rounding your back does, but from the opposite direction. Squeezing your spine under a load can cause herniated discs. Just stand up with the weight. Your shoulders will be above your hips, with a natural arch in your lower back.
Shrugging your shoulders at the top of Deadlifts is unnecessary. Your traps already work to keep your shoulders in place when you Deadlift. They stay tight while gravity pulls the bar down. This isometric contraction against heavy weights is enough work to stimulate growth. No need to shrug on top. Rolling your shoulders is unnecessary for the same reason.
Let your shoulders hang at the top of your Deadlifts. More strength is more muscle. The guy in the video above is jerking his Deadlift. Worse, his back rounds like a taco. Your arms will never be strong enough to lift what you can Deadlift. But try to curl that. Your arms are small muscles compared to your legs. They can never lift the same amount of weight. If you jerk the bar anyway and bend your arms right before you pull, the weight will straighten them for you.
Best case you only get some elbow pain. Worst case you tear your biceps. The proper way to Deadlift is with straight arms. Grip the bar with locked elbows. Contract your triceps if if helps. Take the slack out of the bar first by pulling on the bar until it touches the top of the plate holes. Stay tight while taking a big breath.
Now get the bar off the floor by pushing through your feet. Once the weight is past your knees you can accelerate. But the bottom should be slow. Many guys, especially Crossfitters it seems, like to drop the weight from the top of their Deadlifts. There seems to be three reason why they do this:. The first problem with dropping the weight is that it breaks the bar, plates and floor.
Weightlifting bars and bumpers can handle it. Many people complain about gyms banning Deadlifts.