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Deadlift Angles

Submitted by on November 12, 2008 – 11:26 pmNo Comment

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When performing the deadlift, if your form isn’t proper you can put yourself in serious danger because the deadlift allows you to lift such a large amount of weight. While doing the deadlift there are 3 major angles that your body creates. These angles will vary for each individual depending on their height and the ratio of their legs to their torso.

The Angles

The first angle is made from your knees, your quads should be higher then your knees and your knees should be in front of your shins. When your knees are in front of your shins this naturally will make you lean forward but stay back on you heals so your hamstrings begin the initial lift rather than your back.

The second angle is made with your quads and your torso, depending on your frame this is the angle that will vary the most with a shorter torso and longer legs the angle will be much small than if you have a long torso with shorter legs. When finding the proper angle for you it will take some trial and error but just try to find what’s most comfortable.

The last angle is made between your back and the floor, this angle much like the second depends on your frame and what you find most comfortable.

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Here is a video that should help you find the best angle to suit your body type while giving some great other pointers on the deadlift. Enjoy.

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