Training the deadlift


I was just going through my Westide articles and found some articles by Louie Simmons on the deadlift. Louie argues that equipment has led to major increased in squat and deadlifts over the years but equipment hinders the deadlift. I tend to agree and also agree that training is the key. Louie continues:

“Most litters deadlift too often and too heavy. This has an ill effect on the central nervous system. A better method is to use a variety of exercises that mimic the deadlift or special exercises that develop the individual muscles that are used while deadlifting (the conjugate method). One must build the muscles that start and finish the lift. Also, there must be methods used to develop speed and acceleration; the quicker the bar is locked out, the less chance for the grip to give out”.

I find this hard to argue with and one of the reasons why I seldom deadlift. For beginners I advocate deadlifting lots because they are learning the movement. But for me my box squat is central to my deadlift going up. Advanced lifters should train the posterior chain once a week. Power squatting and deadlifting in the same week is too much.

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