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This probably isn’t the top questions since there is so much confusion around the deadlift, but this is by far the most asked questions.
No doubt, these questions you will find obvious, seen them before and possibly cannot get away from them.
We just had to throw it out there…
What Is The Deadlift?
Honestly I Have no clue. It is someone who lifts the dead to put it point blank.
What Is Better? Conventional, Romanian or Stiff Legged?
Stiff legged deadlift also focuses on your hammies but involve your glutes, calves & every other posterior muscle group.
Conventional is the grand daddy with targeting every joint, muscle, ligaments & fibers in your body.
If you have to ask, it depends on your goals. Majority would go with the conventional version.
Do You Need To Use Deadlift Straps Or A Deadlift Belt?
This is more a matter of preference . Straps help with holding onto the bar longer & using more weight.
They can also be a downfall with weakening grip and becoming a security blanket.
Same can be said with the belt. Works as intended, but can also weaken your core.
Can Deadlifts Destroy My Back?
For sure! Any exercise can destroy your lower back if your form is as bad as a foreign film. More often than not, deadlifts get the bad rap of destroying one’s back.
The only reason it has that reputation is because the deadlift is not easy to learn. Tough to master & the most wrongly performed exercise out there.
To answer the question, yes, it can destroy your back the same way Lance Armstrong destroyed his career.
Best Grip To Take?
Another question that is asked a ton is about grip. Mixed grip, matched, over-under grip, no grip, hook grip.
Best advice here is to experiment like a mad scientist on meth. You may find mixed grip helps you lift more.
Or, matched grip helps you hold onto the bar better.
Maybe you like no grip with the power of lifting with your telekinetic brainwaves.
Who knows, only experimenting will give you the results you are looking for.