Deadlifts are bad
This is one of the ten stupidest statements that have ever been made - claims US medical professionals Dr. Perry Nickelston. How to do the deadlift is crucial.
Obviously, there is no evidence that the deadlift itself is bad for your back. Common sense tells you that if you get heavy things wrong, bad things can happen. And what's the worst mistake? When you lift with your upper back and not your lower back. But more on that later. How about this claim: Your back hurts because you have NOT done any deadlifts in your life. Isn't that an interesting change of perspective? The human body is resilient and made for movement. Humans would not survive long on this planet if they had no strength. Lifting heavy objects has always been necessary for people to function properly. It's only been around a hundred years since we humans have been sitting too much on our buttocks, so that our back and gluteal muscles atrophy. If lifting heavy things weren't innate, we would have been driven off the top of the food chain long ago.
3 food for thought about the deadlift
- Nature designed people to lift heavy things: We have joints that are very flexible (the hinge joints), especially the hip joints - these guys are true centers of strength for flexion! Your mobility determines the maximum amount of force available in the gluteus maximus, the largest muscle in the body. If you can move your hip joints well, then the gluteus maximus has more mobility available to accelerate and decelerate for the development of strength. The embers are therefore the key to the deadlift.
- Deadbending can hurt your back, deadlifting can't: Blame it not on the movement itself, but on the way in which it is carried out. If you bend your back forward instead of bending your hips - it's your own fault!
- Different parts and areas of the body can be responsible for deadlift damage: If you can't move your joints properly and your hips are blocked, your thoracic spine won't rotate, or your neck muscles are weak, deadlifting won't be easy. If one does not have the agility and stability required to adopt the correct posture for a deadlift, the brain will choose the path of least resistance and use the upper back to develop the necessary strength. Stability always precedes the development of force. Anyone who has mobility problems does not have stability. So mobility must first be restored before the necessary stability can be achieved.
exceptions prove the rule
As with everything in life, there are a few limitations. Sometimes biology doesn't allow you to do an exercise because you're healing an injury, something is broken, or because our genetic makeup is holding us back. Gone stupid! But then you can still do a limited range deadlift and start higher off the ground. The body's ability to adapt is enormous. Just because you can't manage a complete deadlift doesn't mean you have to do without it completely.
Homework for those who are not good at the deadlift would then be: Learn to bend your hips! Pick up heavy stuff! Don't do it too fast, always stay in control. Let go of fear and ally with your elemental force.
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