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How to: Barbell Deadlift for Beginners

One of the main benefits of having a coach is to shorten the learning process for movements that require experience and skill to perform optimally, let alone safely.  However, internet videos do a good job of getting you started, so there’s no need to wait another day!

One of the main benefits of having a coach is to shorten the learning process for movements that require experience and skill to perform optimally, let alone safely. 

Be sure to start light and keep the repetitions relatively high (8-12), so you get plenty of practice with the movement.  When 12 reps at a particular weight aren’t challenging, add more weight and reduce the repetitions to 8.  As with any new movement, you should expect some soreness, but if it interferes with your other workouts or life in general, it’s too much.  Reduce the weight and/or total repetitions during your next session.

Related: How To Grip the Bar for Pull-ups

Deadlifts are powerful medicine, so don’t do more than 3 sets at your heaviest weight after doing 3-4 lighter warm-up sets.

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