Whenever someone contacts me about improving their deadlift one of three things come up as a point of emphases: I’m weak off the floor, I struggle at lockout or I need to improve my grip. Over the next 3 blog entries I will explore ways to improve each of these pinch points.
Improving the start of the deadlift – developing power off the floor. One of my favorite exercises for developing power off the floor for the deadlift is doing the lift from a deficit. I like to stand on a standard 45 pound plate (2″ in width) and perform the lift the same as if you were doing it from the floor. Remember the starting of the lift is all about power. Applying as much force to the bar as possible.
Tips: Make sure your lower back is not rounded at the start of the lift.
Start off a smaller deficit (1″) and work your way up.
To progress the movement for the more advanced do it in a straight legged manner.
Reps / Sets of 1 for power. Get place to start.
3 sets of 8 make sure you reset after each rep.
Here’s a video of me preparing for the 2011 NOTLD which in my opinion was one of the greatest deadlift meets of all time.
FAIR LAWN – T.J. Clemmings couldn’t get on the field nearly as much as he wanted.
The Teaneck resident’s redshirt sophomore season had just ended and Paul Chryst, then the University of Pittsburgh’s football coach, proposed a position switch. Chryst asked Clemmings to move from defensive end to offensive tackle, a change Clemmings resisted when Pitt’s previous coach, Todd Graham, suggested it.
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The slide board is great for adding variety and a new degree of challenge to your workouts.
To get you going, here are seven of my favorite slide board exercises. These movements focus on the quadriceps, hamstrings, adductors, core stabilizers and shoulders. The exercises will also test your balance and coordination, and improve unilateral weaknesses. Check out the video player above to see Dwyane Wade’s killer Slide Board routine.