by Bret Contreras January 28, 2013
Here are a couple of quick thoughts on max deadlifts.
1) How long you stay down before the pull is very individual. Some do best when they learn to pull quickly and minimize the time spent in the bottom position, while others do best when they take their time at the bottom and wait for everything to feel right. Experiment to find what works best for you.
2) Form is dependent on the goal. If max loads are the goal, you may benefit from learning to round the upper back, but if back health is the goal, brace the neutral spine and maintain the normal curves.
If you’d like to watch someone who has mastered the art of upper back rounding, check out Konstantin Konstantinovs here:
In an interview, he’s mentioned that once he learned how to round his upper back he was able to take his deadlifting strength to the next level.
by Bret Contreras March 25, 2016
Low load glute activation drills during the general warm-up have become increasingly popular in strength & conditioning, and they’re heavily used in the physical therapy setting as well. Some researchers...
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by Bret Contreras September 26, 2014
Hi fitness friends! It’s been just over a year since I launched the Hip Thruster, so I felt that an update was in order. Originally, I assumed that Hip Thrusters would mostly...
by Bret Contreras January 20, 2014
In sports and in the weightroom, all muscles need to be strong and powerful. The body works in a series of kinetic chains to produce forceful, powerful, and coordinated movement....
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