Deadlift Articles

The Deadlift Series: Sumo vs. Conventional
The Deadlift Series: Sumo vs. Conventional

The sumo and conventional deadlifts are two different lifts, each with its own sets of unique benefits and drawbacks. The sumo stance is a variation that has increased in popularity over the last few years thanks to the explosion of the sport of powerlifting across...

The Deadlift Series: Creating Tension, Part 2
The Deadlift Series: Creating Tension, Part 2

In Part 1 of this series, I explained how taking the slack out of the bar can help you deadlift more efficiently, increasing tension at the onset of the lift. In today’s article, I’ll discuss another crucial aspect of the set-up that can add kilos to your lifts, while...

The Deadlift Series: Creating Tension, Part 1
The Deadlift Series: Creating Tension, Part 1

In this series, I’ll be addressing some elements of proper setup and execution that can dramatically enhance the way you deadlift. To start off, let’s talk about tension.  There are a couple of different ways to increase tension during the deadlift, so this specific...

RDL vs. SLDL: What’s the Difference?
RDL vs. SLDL: What’s the Difference?

The Romanian Deadlift and Stiff (or Straight) Legged Deadlift are two movements that look nearly identical, yet each has its own set of benefits and disadvantages. In this article, I’ll discuss the main differences between the two exercises, how I coach the lifts, and...

Should You Be Doing Trap Bar Deadlifts?
Should You Be Doing Trap Bar Deadlifts?

For a long time, I viewed the trap bar deadlift as the inferior counterpart to barbell deadlifts. As my knowledge of training evolved (as did my preferences and abilities as a coach), I came to realize that there is a time and place for the trap bar deadlift in...