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DEADLIFTS: PRE-PULL TENSION
This tip alone will improve your deadlift 100%, unless you’re already doing it.
One of the most important things when it comes to deadlifting is to learn how to create full body tension before pulling the barbell up.
When I say “creating tension” there are a few things to keep in mind:
(1) arms should be kept straight through the entire movement. They don’t bend. A good way to look at them is to use them as “hooks” that attach you to the bar.
(2) pulling the slack out of the barbell: this is one of the most important parts in creating whole body tension. What does it mean? It’s basically pulling the bar up towards yourself, kind of “tearing it apart”, vy flexing your lats, making the barbell adhere to the upper portion of the plates, while getting into position to perform the actual lift. You hear a “click” before the barbell starts moving up if you do it correctly. This happens BEFORE the actual pull at each and every rep.
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