Why People Need To Deadlift Differently

Why People Need To Deadlift Differently

Dead Lift

Not everyone can deadlift conventionally with the barbell, so stop force feeding it. Here’s the real reason why people need to deadlift differently:

  • Not everyone is built the same, has the same past injury history, the same skill level and movement competence or has the same goals. So why would everyone deadlift the same way?
  • Appreciating and measuring the differences in ankle, hip and spinal structure, mobility, motor control and function is the first step in programming the perfect deadlift variation for any client. Stop arbitrarily force feeding one variation over another without the data to back it up.
  • If you want to protect your clients and athletes, assess before you program. Use these assessment tools to gain objective data on mobility and functionality that directly effect the deadlift movement pattern.
  • Many people will NOT present with the mobility, stability and motor control to deadlift conventionally with the barbell. Use these ankle, hip and spinal drills to improve movement and function.
  • Chose the correct deadlift variation based on your assessment and findings, and prioritize cleaning up the limiting factors holding back the deadlift from becoming a long term pain-free staple loaded movement.

Dr. Pieter de Smidt, PT, DPT

Do You Have Pain? Schedule a Free Assessment | Dr. de Smidt has over 30 years of experience as a Physical Therapist. He has achieved certifications in Mckenzie Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy, Manual Therapy and Sports Therapy. With his Post-Professional Doctorate in PT he specialized in management of musculoskeletal injuries of the neck, back, shoulder, hip and knee.