Fitness Friday: A Refresher On Deadlifts

Deadlifts are often regarded as one of the best exercises for anyone, particularly golfers, since they improve strength and functionality in a number of areas of the body needed to make a good golf swing: the legs, back, hips, butt, arms and hands. Strength-training expert Mike Boyle provides a quick tutorial on the deadlift.

Released on 5/21/2015

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Starring: Mike Boyle

Transcript

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So we want to talk a little bit about
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what constitutes a good deadlift.
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And this could be a half hour video, and it won't be,
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but the idea, basically, we used to think about the idea
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if you're deadlifting something the weight is in your hands,
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now some people say, Dan John has come up with the idea
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that deadlifts tend to have more hip movement
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and less knee movement and squats tend to have
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more knee movement and less hip movement.
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But I think the basic idea for deadlift
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is we're going to pick something up off the ground
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and what I like to say, if we're going to say
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what constitutes a good deadlift, so for me,
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I'm going to start, or I'm going to have somebody start,
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actually I'll go first, kettlebell sumo deadlift.
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So what I'm looking at, is place the kettlebell,
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you can turn it upside down, dumbbell is going to be fine,
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all I want you to do
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is get to it the easiest way that you can.
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If you look at me this way, there's probably going
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to be more hip range than there would be in my squat,
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and less knee than there would be.
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So obviously I don't want to be back here, sitting
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way back on my heels, dropping that kettlebell back
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to my heels, I want to just simply reach down
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to the point where I grab it.
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Stand up with it.
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I think, the nice thing about deadlifting,
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is it's fairly simple.
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If I reach down to the point where I can grab
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I lock my lats in, I lock my back in.
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Boom.
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That, to me, is good deadlift.
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I'm going to go to the end of my kettlebells,
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to the end of my dumbbells, in that sumo range,
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I'm probably never going to teach anybody
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conventional barbell deadlift this type of action
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where you've got to worry about shins,
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bar rubbing against your shins,
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that's not something that we're going to use for anybody,
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for athlete, golfer, we'll use strap bars, later on,
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which are your hexagonal bars, that you can stand inside,
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that's going to be a better pattern.
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Or, as I said, we're probably going to start kettlebell
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deadlifts, dumbbell deadlifts, something along that line.
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The big thing, you've got to be able to touch your toes,
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if the person can't toe touch they can't deadlift.
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If you're looking at it and you can't see some semblance
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of a, just a teeny bit of lumbar curve,
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that person can't deadlift.
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Don't be having people pick things up
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off the ground with round backs,
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that's the first place that you're going to go wrong.
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Check and see whether they can touch their toes.
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Check and see whether they can get into that bottom position
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and then start with something
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like dumbbells, like kettlebells.
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