• Jack Lever

How to deadlift: Step by step setup guide

Updated: Feb 15



The deadlift is one of the best exercises that you can do. Being able to pick weight up off the floor is a everyday requirement so taking the time to get good at it has clear benefits.




How to set up for the deadlift.

To be able to improve a more complex movement like the deadlift you need to be aware of your set up and aim to make it repeatable as possible. Any unnecessary variation between sets and reps will hinder progress in the long run.


Getting a routine set that allows you to get in the same repeatable starting position each rep is really important.


Here is an easy 5 step set up that will put you in a good starting position for deadlifts.


Step 1:

Position your feet at shoulder width and look over to the side. You should be aiming to cut your foot in half with the barbell. This means the whole foot, not just the top.


Step 2:

Move your shins to the bar by only bending your knees.


Step 3:

Let your arms hang straight and reach down and grab the bar by only moving your backside backwards


This will put your hips in a good position.


Step 4:

Flatten your back by making your chest proud. There is no need to over arch aka hyperextension.


Step 5:

Lift then lower



Following these simple steps will make your deadlift repeatable and allow you to progress without the variability of an inconsistent set up.


Save this post to look back before your next deadlift session.



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