🔥HOW TO LOWER THE BARBELL WHEN DEADLIFTING
✅ Never squat the deadlift and never deadlift the squat. That’s a given.
However when it comes to lowering the barbell, there’s quite a bit of controversy. Should you drop it or should you lower it down slowly and in a controlled manner?
Personally, I like to drop the barbell after the lock out, as I want to save more energy for the “lift” instead of using it for the lowering portion. This does not mean you shouldn’t do it though, and if you really want to lower the deadlift in the proper way, then you might as well learn how to do it properly not to get hurt. Both ways are fine though, but the latter will make more gyms happy for sure.
The more I teach the deadlift, the more I notice that people tend to hurt themselves trying to lower the barbell down, and that’d because most people don’t know how to hip hinge, and try to swuat the barbell down as they finish the exercise.
This can be bad for a reason:
1) the lumbar spine goes under excessive flexion, under load, which over time – this can cause discomfort in the lower back area.
✅Starting the descent by hinging at the hips (pushing your hips back) makes the load get evenly distributed to the whole posterior chain, while being able to maintain the back within a neutral range.
At this point you can slightly bend the knees to let the barbell travel all the way down to the floor, in a vertical path.