Welcome all to the first installment of Nick's Video Series. Each week, Bridge Athletic Co-Founder and Elite Performance Director, Nick Folker, will post a video blog dissecting key technical issues relating to a broad spectrum of subjects relevant to athlete performance. In doing so, Nick will assist athletes and coaches in gaining a deeper understanding on these key topics, empowering them to continue striving towards athletic excellence. In this week's video, Nick breaks down a key pillar in the field of strength and conditioning, the Med Ball deadlift. Nick decided to choose MB Deadlift because it breaks the deadlift down to its simplest of form, body weight. Athletes should start exercises at the body weight level in order to learn movements properly and avoid injury. The deadlift is a compound movement that is excellent at building leg, lower-back and core strength, all of which are key components to an athlete's overall development. Enjoy.
To summarize, Nick's key talking points in the video:
- In the deadlift movement, the body transitions from a lowered (squat) position to an elevated (standing) position.
- Starting position: 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.
- 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.
That ends this week's chapter of Nick's Video Series. Stay tuned for next week's installment!