Deadlifts: From Suck to Sick

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Okay, not that I had any qualms or regrets with writing the pregnancy post the other day, because I was more than happy to do it; it’s something that had been running around in my head ANd I wanted to address it for a while now, and a topic I wanted to tackle sooner rather than later; and more importantly, I feel it’s a message that’s going to help a lot of people down the road.

But lets be honest:  it was definitely something off the beaten path from what I normally write, and I’m sure there were a fair number of people who read the title and immediately high-tailed it in the other direction.

So, to make up for it, I wrote an article not too long ago for T-Nation that went live yesterday on what else….

[Drumroll please…….]


I know, I know – I write about deadlifts about as often as a bear shits in the woods, and I promise this will be the last one for a while. No, seriously….I mean it this time.

Nonetheless I feel there are a number of tips that can be gleaned from this article, so check it out and let me know what you think.

I can just smell the testosterone rising.  Enjoy!

It’s no secret that I love deadlifts. I try to write about other things that inspire me – squatting, pull-ups, seeing Nadine Velazquez naked in the first 5 minutes of Flight – yet I’m constantly drawn back to the mighty pull like a jacked-up sockeye salmon returning to its pristine natal waters to spawn.

Fortunately for me, if the amount of email I receive asking about improving deadlifting performance is any indication, the majority of T Nation readers feel the same way.

So what follows are a few lesser-known tricks and tweaks that you can use to quickly improve your deadlift technique and bust through plateaus.

These tricks won’t turn you into Andy Bolton over night, but they could, to steal a line from Dave Tate, take you from “Shit to Suck” – which is still pretty good.

And, if you play your cards right, maybe even from Suck to Good!


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  • Chris Tangredi

    I think It’s Funny that the day after Dan Trink posts in his article “Will this help to increase your deadlift? Absolutely not. But if thats your goal, you should read one of the 13,589 articles on improving your deadlift on this website alone” and the day after, you post an article on improving your deadlift.

    • TonyGentilcore

      Great minds think alike.

  • FreakSammy

    Part of me said, “Tony wrote a deadlift article? That’s not the Tony Gentilcore *I* know.” Then of course, I read the article, watched the videos and had the “oh yeah, I forgot I need to do such and such, so I am glad I read/watched” moment 10 minutes later.

  • Ryan Andrews

    Fantastic article.

  • Damon

    When I read the title quickly on facebook, I really thought it said, “from suck to dick.”

    • TonyGentilcore

      Whoa, whoa whoa: someone’s head is in the gutter…..;o)

  • geoff

    Am I the only one who cant see past “And, if you play your cards right, maybe even from Suck to Good!”

    • Jon

      I can’t either

    • TonyGentilcore

      Yeah, my apologies Geoff. I fixed the link…..

  • RJ

    Lifts that can be tracked is awesome! I use a brand like Amiigo to track them