"What is the point of a deadlift?"
That's a question I fielded this week from a client. It was said with genuine curiosity, as well as a dash of skepticism.
And you know what? I get it.
Deadlifts get a bad name because stubbornness, brute strength, and an unbreakable will to see "dem gainz" can take you pretty far. Some people don't need good technique, or even much patience, in order to achieve a 1-2x bodyweight lift. Walk into any commercial gym and you'll see what I'm talking about. Heck, my early days of deadlifts would fall under this category too.
And this approach can work. Until it doesn't.Read More…