Rachel Medina is the co owner of CrossFit South San Clemente, she is also a part of CrossFit HQ’s traveling Level 1 seminar team.
In this clip from Jordan Gravatt of CrossFit by Overload, Rachel “Funky-Cold” Medina teaches the deadlift to Level 1 participants at the CrossFit certification seminar at CrossFit San Diego on Saturday, February 28, 2009.
The deadlift is a functional movement. It is nothing other than picking something off the floor. When picking up a barbell, there are three setup conditions that create efficient, effective and safe mechanics: weight on the heels, maintaining solid midline stability, and having the shoulders just in front of the bar. The bar should travel vertically without having to move forward around the knees.
Many athletes set up too vertically, with the hips down, knees forward, and shoulders behind the bar. Rachel corrects this and other common flaws in the deadlift.