Deadlift Dominance: 5 Tips to Build Massive Pulling Power

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Note:  the following is an excerpt from my latest article on (full article is linked to at the bottom).  

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If I had to make a list of things I like in no particular order, it would look something like this:

  1. Turning right on red
  2. Anything involving Jason Bourne, ninjas, or zombies
  3. LOLCat videos
  4. Getting people strong
  5. Deadlifts

I’ll admit that as a strength coach, I’m biased when it comes to the last two. To me, nothing trumps strength. And nothing gets people stronger than good ol’ fashioned deadlifts.

Guys can brag about their squat numbers despite only hitting quarter reps, or even brag about a big bench press that’s more like an upright row for their spotter, but you can’t cheat a deadlift.

It’s you versus the barbell. You either rip that son of a bitch off the floor, lock it out, or not. The deadlift lends itself very well to gauge progress. It’s up to you, and brute strength, to break initial inertia off the ground. If you’re able to lift more weight over time without blowing your sphincter, you’re making progress!

Contrary to popular belief, there’s more to deadlifting than just bending over and hoisting a barbell off the ground. The following tips will undoubtedly clean up your technique and improve your deadlifting dominance.

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Comments for This Entry

  • Sam Thomas

    So happy you included the video with the guy in the old school Padres hat. Oh, and great article too! TG's online tutorials got me safely to record deadlift numbers and finally closing in on double body weight.

    July 16, 2013 at 1:33 pm | Reply to this comment

  • ScottA1

    Great article. I'm wondering how you feel about those you put 2.5# under their toes to help put weight through their heels? Also, do you have any cues about shoulder position (over the bar, behind the bar, etc.)?

    July 17, 2013 at 11:30 am | Reply to this comment

  • Alan

    I am trying to get a better understanding of activating the lats before starting the deadlift. My biggest problem now is that my upper back to tends to round when I get above 90/95%. I was reading an article by Todd Burngardner where he recommends "wrapping the shoulder blades" (much like one does for a bench press it seems) rather than pinning the shoulder blades back down. What would you recommend?

    July 17, 2013 at 6:11 pm | Reply to this comment

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