- Bend knees slightly and bend over bar with back straight.
Grasp bar with wide overhand grip.
- Pull bar to upper waist. Return until arms are extended and
shoulders are stretched downward. Repeat.
- Torso may be kept horizontal for strict execution. Knees
are bent in effort to keep low back straight (See Hamstring
Inflexibility). If low back becomes rounded due to tight
hamstrings, either try bending knees more or don't position torso
as low. Either fix may compromise involvement of Latissimus Dorsi
since it forces more shoulder
transverse extension and less shoulder
extension range of motion. If low back is rounded due to
poor form, deadlift
weight to standing position and lower torso into horizontal position
with knees bent and back straight. A shoulder
width or underhand
grip can increase lat involvement by emphasizing shoulder
extension over transverse extension. A wide overhand grip involves
overall back musculature while slightly emphasizing Rear Delt,
Infraspinatus and Teres Minor involvement.