1-Minute Deadlift Tip: Pause Reps
Do Paused Deadlifts
I’m a firm believer in many things: The Earth is round. The Bourne Ultimatum is the best Bourne movie. And most accessory work should address a weakness or technique flaw with one of your main lifts.
Enter paused deadlifts.
There’s no sugar coating here: these can be absolutely brutal, but they accomplish a few important things:
- They help synchronize the shoulders and hips (namely the latter) from coming up too fast.
- They help improve upper back (lat) tension.
- They get people stronger in ranges of motion where they’re weakest.
For programming purposes, aim for sets of 3-5 reps using 50-65% of 1-rep max, pausing 2-3 inches off the floor (or at mid-shin level depending on the individual and where the bar tends to stall) for a 2-3 second count each rep.
If you want to up the ante even further, perform a full pause in the same spot on the way up AND the way down.
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October 25, 2020 at 9:00 am |
NatashaAs a Judge with the NPC for thirty plus years, a personal trainer for 38 years and a woman who has squatted 405, you need greater calve development. Positive criticism. :)
October 30, 2020 at 10:43 am |
Tony AuthorCool. Also, as someone who has 30+ years of judging and personal training experience I would think you'd know the difference between calve (baby cow) and calf (human anatomy). Positive criticism...(cue happy winky face)
October 30, 2020 at 11:13 am |
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November 2, 2020 at 5:32 pm |
J-CHey, nice tip! Will try em out next training session! Would you recommend trying these with some other DL variations as well?
January 19, 2021 at 5:19 am |