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Barbell Logic


Apr 1, 2019

We frequently refer to the deadlift as a "pull" or a "pull from the floor," but that's not entirely accurate. Muscles, of course, neither push nor pull, they simply contract, and even though we colloquially refer to the deadlift as a pull, it actually begins with a "push," or rather a concentric contraction of the quads, to produce knee extension and break the bar off the floor. That's where the all-important cue to "push the floor" away comes in.

 

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