How to deadlift after back pain or injury (without hurting yourself, again)

How to deadlift after back pain or injury (without hurting yourself, again)

Articles, Lifting, Neck Back, Spine, Tactical
How to deadlift after back pain or injury (without hurting yourself, again) This article was originally published in The Raider Patch: Magazine of the U.S. Marine Raider Association You might have been here before: A sharp pinch, a stabbing pain, an audible "POP"… you've thrown your back out! While getting hurt can squash your entire workout routine, back pain can be incredibly disruptive to even the most thoughtfully crafted program.  Regaining a restful night's sleep is usually a top priority in the immediate aftermath of a back injury. But sooner or later, you know that you'll need to make an agreement with your spine to trust loading again. And when that loading involves the deadlift, even the most experienced weightlifter may dread the conversation between brain and body.  Luckily, a simple…
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Which Deadlift is Best for You?

Which Deadlift is Best for You?

Articles, Lifting
Which Deadlift is Best for You? So you want to tackle the deadlift…the King of Lifts? The deadlift is a total-body pulling exercise that builds serious strength and muscle mass. But you must pay your taxes to the King! If you are new to training deadlifts or are returning after an injury, learning to handle the load and generate the necessary levels of muscle tension can be a major source of pain and problems, especially for the lower back. How should you deadlift to get strong while avoiding injury? We recommend that you learn several variations , so you always have a training option when you need it. Here are five styles that cover all the skills you need to know to keep deadlifting: 1. Conventional or Standard Deadlift This style…
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How to Deadlift After Back Pain or Injury

How to Deadlift After Back Pain or Injury

Articles, Lifting, Spine
How to Deadlift After Back Pain or Injury Are you an experienced weightlifter? Have you ever suffered a back injury? Admit it -  this is the face you make when it’s time to get back in the gym for that first deadlifting workout:  The ability to touch your toes is essential for deadlifting…and is not just for flexible people! Before someone learns to deadlift, or after someone has recovered from a back injury, one of the first things we look for is their ability to touch their toes. Toe touch helps us to identify some essential qualities necessary for deadlifting safety and performance, including: Range of motion and flexibility to reach the floorBalance and coordination to shift bodyweight forward and backwardPotential compensations due to pain or muscle imbalances Sometimes, genetics…
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