In today's video, Nick will focus on the strength training exercise, the Barbell Deadlift. The Barbell Deadlift is the culmination of the deadlift progression, and should only be used once the DB Deadlift and the MB Deadlift are mastered. To assist with form, long-levered or tall athletes should use a Hex or Trap Bar and put bumper plates under the weights of the bar, slightly elevating it. The deadlift is a compound movement that is excellent at building leg, lower-back and core strength, all of which are key components in athlete development.
To summarize, Nick's key talking points in the video:
- As opposed to the standing start position of the squat, the deadlift starts in a squat position.
- The same start position as MB Deadlift: the athlete's feet are wider than shoulder width, toes are pointed out, weight is evenly distributed across feet, knees are over feet, chest is up and back is flat.
- Athlete's grip is wider than shoulder width, and the athlete's shins are touching the bar.
- Throughout the movement of the deadlift, the athlete must elevate and lower their body in a controlled manner.
- The athlete must not lock knees out at the top of the movement.
- Touch, do not bounce, barbell to the floor.