The best setup for a deadlift


From The Archives - I’m going back through the old blog and reposting some of the best articles.

Confirmation bias is the tendency to only pay attention to information that agrees with what you already think and ignore anything that refutes it. I've noticed that confirmation bias seems to be magnified on the internet. It's so easy to just see what backs you up and feel ever more certain that you're right and the (few) detractors are just stupid.

But it's more realistic to become less certain about things the more you know about them. The more time I spend coaching and researching fitness, the more I realize that there are many, many valid approaches and ideas, and that what is best really does depend on the individual. As a simple example, look at form for a foundational lift, the deadlift. The photo above shows five different members setting up for a deadlift. Because of different body types, different proportions, different athletic backgrounds, different strengths and weaknesses, and different goals, we make adjustments so that people have different starting positions for the deadlift. You can see that some have their hips high, some low, feet may be narrower or wider, shoulders are in different positions. And yet, all are moving safely and building strength.

There is no true way to do a deadlift, no matter what the latest vehement internet expert claims. The more you read, the less you know...and that's okay.

Michael Deskevich