Dominate Your Deadliftby Jen Sinkler
Want to hear my dirty, dirty deadlifting secret?
I didn’t used to do that much of it.
Don’t get me wrong: I wanted to. I really wanted to. I’ve always been a vocal proponent of deadlifting, posting plenty of links and love at my website’s sister page on Facebook, but when it came to my own training, it was just not happening.
You see, while I was completely on board with it being one of the best (arguably the best) full-body lift you can do, afterward I’d always feel like my sacroilliac (SI) joints had come apart at the seams, and I’d be out of commission for a week or more. In other words, not worth it (for me, anyway). So, I eradicated them from my program almost entirely, and that’s the way it stayed.
At least until I met David Dellanave. I explained that I couldn’t, wouldn’t deadlift.
“We’ll fix that,” he replied.
Cocky, I thought.
Except…he was right. Luckily for me, he is the deadlift whisperer, so good at fixing problems and expanding people’s capabilities in this domain that it is not to be believed.
So I didn’t — believe him, that is. But I told him I’d do as he said, which was to experiment with many different variations, and only pull weight I knew I could pull without pain. And — counterintuitively — I also worked to achieve more motion in my lumbar spine (years of landing hard on my ass during rugby games had left it without even the little bit of bend it’s supposed to have). I also incorporated the unusual biofeedback-based training methodology he’s certified in, called Gym Movement, during which I used range-of-motion testing to determine exactly what I’d do from day to day.
Within months, not only was I deadlifting without pain in any variation I chose, but I was pulling triples with very close to what was previously my one-rep max, an amount over twice my body weight. Triples!
What’s more, it became really fun to explore my new limits and continue adding new variations to my repertoire. I’m now a world record holder in the Jefferson deadlift, a strange-looking version I rave about on the regular.
I also watched my body transform — my legs became more defined (I actually sprouted hamstrings for the first time, which is saying something because, like many women, I tend toward quad dominance) and my butt became rounder. I was less than sorry about both of these things.
I’ve since witnessed him work that deadlift magic time and again with our clients at The Movement Minneapolis, and now he’s expanding this service far outside the reaches of Minnesota.
You see, he released a 90-page ebook, Off the Floor: A Manual for Deadlift Domination. I know I’m not alone in facing strength plateaus or pain when it comes to deadlifting, so this book is both timely and timeless. In it, he covers every single variation of the deadlift you can possibly imagine, including what they’re good for and when to leverage them for maximal strength gains.
It is without a doubt the most comprehensive document I’ve ever seen on the topic, and if you’re at all interested in lifting more pounds, I highly recommend you pick up a copy. I’m not just saying that because he’s my squeeze — after being an editor for so long, I cannot bring myself to feel bias toward writing that isn’t legitimately good. And this is.
And here’s the thing: You don’t just get a bigger deadlift, you also get a balanced, comprehensive strength program, a beautifully photographed and intricately described exercise library, and an in-depth description of how to leverage biofeedback training for yourself to achieve no pain, all (strength) gain.
You can probably tell that I’m passionate about this subject — I had such a great experience with these tactics, and I want the same for you. If you have a hunch you could be making more progress in your training than you are right now, this book is for you.
One last time, click this link to learn more.
I hope you do. And if you do, I’d love to hear about the progress you’ll undoubtedly make.
[photo credit: Sarah Rubenstein]