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Hey, Mark, I caught a video of you doing a 755-pound deadlift, easy, in your last meet. I got all hyped up to deadlift the next day, and I hurt my back using 275. How do you guys dead such heavy loads without wrecking your back?
Mark: The short answer: We can abuse our backs because our backs are strong.
The most "dangerous" exercises are some of the best for building strength. Always weigh the risk-to-benefit ratio, but leave the safe exercises for the soccer moms.
In your case, I'd seek the opinion of a doctor just to make sure nothing horrible happened. Having said that, I hear this kind of thing all the time. To be honest, it makes me wanna puke. Your back doesn't hurt because of deadlifting. Your back hurts because you DO NOT deadlift. So when you finally do try it, you're a weakling.
Weakness in any form is unacceptable in powerlifting. It should be unacceptable to all of you sitting at your computers surfing BB.com. If you're not in the gym to get jacked or to get brutally strong, what the hell are you lifting for, Joey Tank Top?
When us powerlifters are in the gym, we're on a mission to get strong as hell. Let's build some muscle-that'll help rid you of that fat belly and saggy moobs by making your body burn more calories day and night. And a great way to build muscle and become strong is through awesome exercises like deadlifts.
Because you're coming off a slight lower-back injury, start on the road to recovery by working on perfecting your form. Do the "old school" 5 sets of 5 reps, making sure to do every rep of every set using the best form you can maintain.
What follows are a few tips to avoid breaking your spine when doing a conventional deadlift. "Conventional" means that your legs are in close and your hands are outside your legs. In contrast, with sumo deadlifts, your stance is wider, and your grip is inside your legs:
All of this will involve trial and error. Nothing comes easy, but mastering the basics will take you a long way toward your goals. Don't neglect the details, and you'll be rewarded with a cast iron lower back.
Remember, "Every man dies, but not every man really deadlifts."
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