DEADLIFT (ft. @pheasyque )
When done properly, the deadlift is a good exercise. Muscles of the feet, legs, hips, core, shoulders and arms are all used in every rep. It works toward strength and hypertrophy goals.
Here is the “but” part.
BB DEADLIFTS ARE A HIGH RISK EXERCISE.
It doesn’t matter how perfect your form is, it’s a high risk stock, especially if you do sets until failure.
The reason is because we are lopsided, one side stronger than the other- beings. Contralateral.
That will always be true as long as we are right/left handed, right/left leg dominant.
Asking your body to lift a weight where left and right sides of the body are supposed to contribute evenly, until failure, is a set up for injury.
To sum up my thoughts..
I THINK TRADITIONAL VOLUME/INTENSITY MODELS ARE FLAWED, THEY INCREASE STRENGTH AND HYPERTROPHY AT THE EXPENSE OF JOINT HEALTH.
I don’t believe any set of deadlifts should be done until failure.
If you are lifting a 10 rep failure weight, stop at 8 with perfect form.
If you are doing a 5 rep max weight, do 3 perfect ones.