OptimizePMD: Proper Exercise Form — Deadlifts
The deadlift is one of three common power-lifting exercises, along with the squat and the bench press. Not using the right form can lead to injury. In this video, Richmond health coach Michael Stroud offers a few tips on how to make sure you're using the proper form when doing deadlifts. Watch the video below and read on for a recap.
Tips for Proper Form for Deadlifts
- Just like a squat, your knees should not go over your toes.
- Do not "round your back" or let your chest face the floor when lifting the bar.
- It is not a good idea to sacrifice form when going for a personal record. It only takes one bad rep to suffer an injury.
- Keep your chest facing out. Use mirrors if you're in a gym to check your form.
- Keep your shoulders back.
- The closer the bar is to your legs, and your shins, the better chance you will have of maintaining proper form.
OptimizePMD is a new wellness program under development at PartnerMD. By emphasizing various exercise strategies and explaining the science behind them, OptimizePMD will help participants achieve and maintain optimal physical performance at all stages of life. Check out more OptimizePMD content here. More information coming soon!