Aaron Page is a booost Amabassador. In this post, he shares his tips for improving your deadlifts
Over the past 6 months I have managed to improve my deadlift by 70kg going from 220kg to 290kg.
You hear a lot of people say do this and do that! But do what works for you!?There is no point in doing something if it doesn’t work for you.
Here are 3 tips on how I improved my deadlift:
Tip 1: Remove your shoes when deadlifting
When I first tried this I thought to myself what difference is this going to make apart from people thinking I’m crazy!
If you remove your shoes it will give you a solid base to drive your feet through. Most trainers, shoes and boots have a soft sole on the bottom. When you drive through your heels you tend to move back or to the side which can completely throw off your balance and not get the lift because your body is not central. So having that solid base will allow you to push more through the heels and floor with minimal movement so you don’t become unbalanced.
Tip 2: Variation of Deadlifts
When you are deadlifting, rather than just doing your 3’s and 5’s on deadlifts and hoping your 1RM will just go up, mix it up a little. Vary different types of deadlifts in your programme, for instance banded deadlifts work on speed from the floor. Try not to go too heavy so when you try and rip the bar up you can barely get it past your knees, light weights of 5, reps for 5 sets and progress every week so that the next week do the same weight but add an extra band to make it tougher and do 4 sets of 3 and so on.
You can always use chains as well. Do the same sort of sets and reps but one week do it from the floor the next from a box. Work on different types of deadlifts to get the most out of the lift.
Tip 3: Assistance Exercises
Always make sure that when you are doing any sort of programme that you do assistance exercises alongside them to build muscle, prevent injury and create a balance physique. With the deadlifts my assistance exercises would vary from reverse hyper extensions to flat back extensions throw in some seated and standing good mornings and some RDL (Romanian deadlifts) .
After doing this for 2 months it helped me massively not just for my lifting but for everyday life I found my back wasn’t aching so much and I wasn’t getting pains from standing too long. Again it is about building up a solid base to improve your lift and make you stronger.
We are proud to have Aaron Page as an ambassador for booost oxygen. Aaron is an up and coming strong man who trains at winning health solution in Southampton and spends a lot of his time running charity events for cystic fibrosis trust.
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