April 13, 2011
Mark Bell takes a closer look at the deadlift to help you blow through your sticking points.
Deadlifts are considered by many to the ultimate test of brute strength. The deadlift is simple, right? Just bend down and pick the damn thing up.
If only it were that easy.
In powerlifting, a lot of hours are spent refining form and developing efficiency. Powerlifting, unfortunately, has become a game of inches (and I’m not talking “Internet inches, guys”). How you set up will determine how you finish—or if you have a good chance to finish—the lift. Improving the deadlift is very difficult. Even the big pullers have a hard time.
There are many reasons for stalled deadlifts. Let’s examine how to troubleshoot your sticking points.