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Offline NutMeg

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Dead lifts
« on: March 29, 2011, 12:06:45 AM »
So, I you tubed them and feel ready to go!  I was partially afraid of them because my co-worker was talking about dead lifts one day and did this thing that I could only imagine would WRECK my back.  They looked awful, so I didn't want to do them.

We were talking about lifting today, and I said that the only lift I didn't really know was the dead lift and she did it again, yeah, not what I watched on youtube!  Until after I had clicked around for a while.  One guy demonstrated a stiff leg dead lift, it was similar to what she was doing except she had her leg completely straight.

I will be doing them this way: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1nRRlk6264I


This is the most similar to what she as doing that I could find, but my co-worker had more stiff legs, I just don't like the look of this one.  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=blKA_Ay5MDI

I am saying this here to be accountable.  I had thought I would get up early and go into the gym this morning. Well, me and 5:15 a.m. don't get along to well.  Then I though, well after regular squadron PT in the a.m. on Tuesday and Thursday.  I can stay at the gym, do the lifts an then shower there an head to work.  But, then I don't know what we would already be doing and is it really a good idea to lift if I am tired from circuit training.  So, I talked it over with my hubby.  I will go to the gym on Mon, Wed after work.  I already go on Friday afternoon after work and do my own program anyway.  So I will start Wednesday.  I guess I will start posting in my fitness journal if anyone is curious to see how I do :/

Depending on how much time is left after the mandatory fitness session tomorrow, I will go look around a bit for hte free weight room.

I have been swimming recently for my squadron PT.  We are hoping it will help with my shoulder.  We shall see :D

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Re: Dead lifts
« Reply #1 on: March 29, 2011, 06:42:39 AM »
Meg, Since strength is the priority it should be done when you're fresh and have eaten a good amount of food.
 


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Re: Dead lifts
« Reply #2 on: March 29, 2011, 02:59:08 PM »
I just want to say that deadlifts are awesome. Getting sweaty, heart pumping and exhilarated with just 2 heavy reps is as good as it gets.

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Re: Dead lifts
« Reply #3 on: April 22, 2011, 11:36:16 AM »
Dead lifts and squats - Possibly the two best exercises going. done wrong both can reek havoc done right they are nectar!!

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Re: Dead lifts
« Reply #4 on: April 25, 2011, 09:18:56 AM »
You know, I disagree that squats or deadlifts can hurt the back anymore than everyday activity. Unless you are deadlifting more than 400 or squatting more than 315, they can't hurt your back unless your back is already prone to injury, in which case it already will get hurt.

I know this because I'm probably doing both horribly wrong with dumbbells. My back feels better and my posture is sort of improving.

It's possible that I'm just a freak who can't get hurt. I've said it before that most rules of weight training and metabolizing don't apply to me.


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Re: Dead lifts
« Reply #5 on: May 08, 2011, 03:22:44 PM »
I know this because I'm probably doing both horribly wrong with dumbbells. My back feels better and my posture is sort of improving.

That you are using dumbbells suggest you are not using a lot of weight yet. I tend to agree, when you are a novice (and young), bad form doesn't really matter that much, as you are strengthening everything anyway.

When you get close to deadlifting 1.5 - 2 x your bodyweight (bar only, not dumbbells),good form is crucial.

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Re: Dead lifts
« Reply #6 on: May 08, 2011, 04:58:34 PM »
bad form doesn't really matter that much,
Form is always king! ALWAYS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Re: Dead lifts
« Reply #7 on: May 08, 2011, 06:26:46 PM »
I agree with both of you. At 70 lbs, it's equivalent to hauling wood around outside or doing construction work. And they practice form too, but not as much as in a gym.

It's a little harder for me at 6'0, and starting out with weak upper body strength. My neck could barely support my fat head, and my back couldn't support my long arms. That led to slouching but I'm getting better. I can already tell I'm a leg guy. Squats are my favorite exercise, and my calves are still expanding.

Yeah, this summer I'll have the money to get massages and go to that trainer, I hope...