The “tools” we use to correct the deadlift, as with all the other lifts, are going to depend on the problems we see.  I wish I had a before shot of this athlete performing her deadlifts, because it’s night and day.  Picture doing a bootstrapper stretch and that’s roughly what was going on.  When we coach our athletes, we constantly ask questions like “do you feel your hamstrings?” and “do you feel your abs working?” so they start improving their awareness of what a movement should feel like.

Once the athlete knows how the movement SHOULD feel (the purpose of the band) and can replicate it consistently, we remove the training aid and have her perform normal deadlifts.  Until she knows how it should feel, she’ll never do it right.

Another reason I like the band supported deadlifts is it allows us to significantly load up our athletes while still working on technique.

When to use: Use the band supported deadlift when the athlete has a tough time moving the hips and shoulders together during the deadlift.  Basically if at any point during the lift the athlete looks like they are doing a straight-leg deadlift.

Execution: Loop a band around a pull-up bar or support overhead (make sure it can support some load!).  Wrap the band underneath the armpits.  Ideally you want a straight line between the pull-up bar and the athletes shoulder blades when she’s in set-up position for the deadlift.

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