STOP CRANKING YOUR NECK DURING DEADLIFTS!!!
[say no to neck pain]
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I’ve been seeing this across all the gyms in NY this week, so I felt the need to post this up!!!
The Deadlift is a staple for growing muscle and building strength 🍑 💪🏼 . Practiced properly it can also improve mobility across the body. The discussion today is regarding neck positioning
In the ❌ video, we see the neck winding back prior to the lift. This is the body’s natural way of helping you lift a heavy load off of the ground, it does this by preloading (via stretching) the body to take advantage of our elastic systems
💁🏻♂️ Imagine pulling a rubber band backwards to store elastic energy, or cocking your arm back before you throw a knock out punch 🤛🏼 , the body uses the same system to deadlift
Although our bodies intuitively use this technique, it is not meant to lift massive amounts of weight- REPETITIVELY in a short amount of time
✅If you’re going to utilize the deadlift in your training program and you plan on doing it for a long time, I recommend you doing them at a weight where you can maintain a neutral neck position, it should line up with the rest of your spine. It’s just more sustainable.
EXCEPTION ‼️If you’re a competitor, the neck extension will definitely give you the competitive edge 🏆(allowing you to lift more weight). That said, I would still recommend practicing your deadlifts in a neutral spine position most of the time.
Credit: ©️ @roydianchan & @vinnierehab