Combining Deadlifts And Squats With Olympic Weightlifting

My problem is that I want to do too many different things in the gym. I want to deadlift and squat, but I also want to improve my Olympic lifts. The Olympic lifts are basically deadlifts and squats though, so if I alternate the days I do deadlifts and squats with the days I do Olympic lifts, I’ll be doing deadlifts and squats every day! Which I would certainly enjoy, but I want to get my toned chest back as well.

So, my routine, as of this week, is this: Continue reading Combining Deadlifts And Squats With Olympic Weightlifting

Deeper Squats

The coach at my Olympic Weightlifting club said that my squats were deep, but they could be deeper. I was flabbergasted because I always go past parallel, and I thought my squats were really deep!

To increase mobility and depth in the squat, he recommended pausing at the bottom for a slow count of 3. So that’s what I’ve been doing. My warm up now consists of front squats. Up until a few weeks ago, I’d never done a front squat and when I tried, it hurt my wrists. The effort on my legs was ok, balance surprisingly good considering I’d never done them before, but my wrists really hurt. The pain gets worse as the weight goes up. Continue reading Deeper Squats

Deadlift Tips

Watching videos to teach you how to deadlift is great, but sometimes it helps if you have everything written down in checklist form. You can easily become overwhelmed. Here’s that checklist.

These are the things I focus on to get my technique right. If I were you, and you wanted to improve your existing deadlift technique, I would concentrate on just one item in each of your deadlift session. There really are a lot of details to keep track of, so it’s easy to feel swamped. Continue reading Deadlift Tips

Starting Deadlifts

I started doing deadlifts in January 2014, and I’d never done one before. I watched some videos on Youtube and took myself off to a quiet training room in my gym to practise with some very light, pink coloured weights. I started off very slowly with a grand total of 10kg on a light bar (negligible weight); I didn’t want to injure myself. I’d not done any back exercises before and I’d heard rumours that deadlifts were dangerous. Continue reading Starting Deadlifts