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Should I Retract My Shoulders During Deadlifts?

| May 17, 2015 by Truth Seeker |

Complete scapula retraction (pinching your shoulder blades together) is practically impossible to during a heavy deadlift. The rhomboids and the mid-traps will never be strong enough to maintain the position. Besides, it is unnatural to have your shoulders retracted when a heavy weight is hanging off of your hands. It’s like trying to deadlift with your wrists curled (false […]

The Role Of The Lats In The Deadlift

| April 5, 2015 by Truth Seeker |

Surprisingly, or not, the deadlift works the whole back from top to bottom. “But, what about the lats? Do they work during deadlifts,” asked the muscle nerds. Yes, brahs. The latissimus dorsi works incredibly hard when you deadlift. The lats are the biggest muscle in the upper body. When you deadlift, they have the following […]