Our Deadlift Cycle
After implementing a 6 Week Deadlift Focus in our programming we had 39 Athletes participate in a “before and after 3 Rep Max”. This just means we made an intentional effort to focus on developing the deadlift. One day per week we would deadlift – or variation of – as our strength focus.
Out of those 39 results we were able to teach members about spine (neck to hip) positioning, glute, core and hamstring engagement, and improve the safety and efficiency (form) of their Deadlift. That’s important.
We also improved strength… by an added 750lbs of total INCREASED weight. That is a 19lb average personal record per athlete!!
Why is a stronger, safer, and more efficient deadlift so important?
Glad you asked!
- reduce risk of injury by lifting with proper technique (you know the old saying, lift with your legs… not your back!)
- reduce risk of injury by the ability to lift more, safely, at any given time
- strengthens under used muscle groups like hips, glutes, hamstrings, and lower back
- strengthens your entire core, spine, grip strength, and traps
- the first and second pull of the Olympic Weightlifting movements (Clean and Jerk, Snatch… which is our minor focus starting next week)
Great job to the athletes. The fun part is that we never step away from any other functional movements when we implement these Focus’ in our programming. We keep each day filled with new workouts and use other movements to compliment the training focus so that we not only get stronger in that movement, but in all areas of fitness.
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