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Are your deadlifts causing your back pain?

Updated: Jan 2, 2020

The deadlift has to be my favourite exercise. But after having some trouble with my own back and working with an Osteopath I had a huge wake up call. I’d been doing deadlifts wrong my whole life. And if that’s the case for a PT of 13 years, what are the chances other people were getting it wrong too? Probably very likely. ⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀ Now I hate to be stereotypical, but truth is as white man, I want that butt! No surprises then that I've been focusing on my gluteals during my deadlifts. Since my back injury, I've assessed my posture in all my exercises and have narrowed it down to this...⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀ I've always kept a tight abdomen, bar at centre of gravity, soft knees and NATURAL spine posture. This was my downfall and of so many of the clients I see. By natural spine, what I mean is the natural curve in your lower back. When your spine is in its natural position, the muscles supporting it are relaxed. This isn’t good. ⠀⠀⠀


You need to establish a neutral spine. This means keep your back flat to protect yourself against injury. What to do? ⠀⠀⠀

⠀⠀ 👉Some people use a belt, but be cautious. I find this can make people lazy with maintaining the correct posture. ⠀⠀⠀ 👉 Lift alongside a mirror so you can check that curve isn’t creeping back with each lift. ⠀⠀⠀ 👉 Train with a PT like myself that’s a stippler for good posture until you do it right like second nature.

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