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    Sorry, I didn't take video...I'll have to see if the wife can do it next time around.

    I seem to be "sticking" in my deadlift right in the transition from initial pull to lockout. I'm able to complete the lift, but I need to figure out how to strengthen this portion of my lift.

    I have zero issue getting the bar moving, pull hard for the first 1/3 of the lift, then I really struggle with the middle 1/3. The final lock is no problem. What kinds of exercises can I do to augment my strength mid-pull?

    I know it's hard without seeing it, sorry for that. What muscle group is lacking causing this issue? TIA.
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  • #2
    Going to be hard for anyone to give you a real answer unless you post a video.

    If it is hard in the middle it sounds like you don't arch well (lose tightness). Always fix form before working on any (perceived) muscular imbalances.

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    • #3
      Pulls against bands may help with getting enough speed to blast through that sticking point. Or try rack pulls starting right at your sticking point. For me this is right where leg drive ends and it is all back. It is extremely hard to break the bar from the pins without leg drive and even makes te sticking point worse as you have zero momentum.

      But this is assuming I am understanding your sticking point correctly. A vid would definitely help a lot.
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      • #4
        If you have no problem pulling from the floor initially, perhaps try some rack pulls from mid height to work on the middle third. Losing tightness sounds like might be an issue. If initial pull is good, most likely have good initial glute/ham and leg drive, so maybe your back is the weak link. Also perhaps the second portion of the hip drive/extension may not be strong enough. Rack pulls may help

        EDIT: Mike and Adam beat me in

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        • #5
          Do you keep the bar close to your body? You should actuall slide it up your thighs.
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          • #6
            Originally posted by Adam2433 View Post
            Pulls against bands may help with getting enough speed to blast through that sticking point. Or try rack pulls starting right at your sticking point. For me this is right where leg drive ends and it is all back. It is extremely hard to break the bar from the pins without leg drive and even makes te sticking point worse as you have zero momentum.

            But this is assuming I am understanding your sticking point correctly. A vid would definitely help a lot.
            This is it. Right where I make the transition from legs to back.

            I'll DL again Friday and have the wife video it. I've just started incorporating rack pulls, but I may not have the pins set low enough.
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            • #7
              Originally posted by KidRok View Post
              Do you keep the bar close to your body? You should actuall slide it up your thighs.
              Yessir, have a couple shin strawberries from yesterday.
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              • #8
                You want them high enough that you get no legs but still as long a range of motion as possible. Right in that dead spot.
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