Deadlift

Hinge
Challenge
Level: 8
Target Action: Dynamic
Max Effort
Kit: Barbell
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This classic variation is much loved by deadlifting die-hards. As one of the three lifts in the sport of Powerlifting it is one third of an entire body of work in sporting history. It features in our Hinge-Deadlift Challenge Theme as the most complex variation of the 3 main deadlifting variations (Hex Bar, Sumo and Conventional Deadlift).

Why is it a competency progression from a Sumo Deadlift?

The narrow stance leaves the hips high and requires a large amount of hip flexion to grip the bar. As such the torso is near perpendicular to the floor at the initiation of the lift providing larger lumbar erector activation vs the more upright Hex Bar and Sumo variations. Excellent hip flexion (think laying thigh to chest test) is required to access and maintain braced lumbar neutral throughout the lift and avoid compensatory ‘reaching’ from the shoulder girdle to reach the bar. Both are common faults which will compromise our primary value of postural relevance and transfer of training to the elegant sports skills we seek to impact.

While Powerlifting demands competency in this exercise, training for sports performance is not so constrained. In the absence of excellent hip mobility, consider regressing to Hex Bar (Level 7) or Sumo Deadlifts (Level 8) to achieve your goals. If lower back strength is a goal, it’s a great option when competency is good but consider alternative exercise to supplement more upright deadlift variations if competency is poor (e.g., Romanian Deadlift, Glute-Ham Raise).

Conventional, Hex Bar and Sumo Deadlifts form the Max Effort Lifts in the Hinge Category. With each variation, athletes have the ability to load maximally and evoke maximal neuromuscular recruitment which is critical for developing the highest threshold, Type II fast twitch muscle fibres.

Hinge The Hinge series owns the deadlift derivatives that form a cornerstone of an effective strength programme. Fundamental to the hinge progression is the ability to maintain a neutral spine position under duress. By developing strength in a stiffened trunk position we can have a tremendous impact on both lumbar spine injury prevention and performance of our ability to transfer force through the body in the Kinetic Chain. This lumbo-pelvic control is perhaps the single most important skill that you need to develop. Because of this it builds roots into every exercise category in the SSOS.
The Challenge Theme is where Low Constraints and Exercise Intensity converge to test dynamic postural control under maximal loads. Here we use an array of movement tasks to actually encourage movement skills to crumble and ask athletes to defend optimal coordination using intense load or speed. Excelling in the Challenge Theme demonstrates an extremely trainable athlete across the 14 Exercise Categories. Every % increase in strength with these techniques demonstrates an increase in robustness and readiness to perform high quality movement at ever higher standards of performance.

PROGRESSION-REGRESSION LADDER

Supine Bridge Holds
Supine Bridge Holds
Hinge
Corrective
Level: 1
Supine Bridges
Supine Bridges
Hinge
Corrective
Level: 2
Good Morning
Good Morning
Hinge
Corrective
Level: 3
Hip Hinge
Hip Hinge
Hinge
Fundamentals
Level: 4
Romanian Deadlift
Romanian Deadlift
Hinge
Fundamentals
Level: 5
Romanian Deadlift (Snatch Grip)
Romanian Deadlift (Snatch Grip)
Hinge
Fundamentals
Level: 5
Romanian Deadlift with Band Resistance
Romanian Deadlift with Band Resistance
Hinge
Fundamentals
Level: 6
Romanian Deadlift (Snatch Grip) with Band Resistance
Romanian Deadlift (Snatch Grip) with Band Resistance
Hinge
Fundamentals
Level: 6
Romanian Deadlift in Sumo Stance with Band Resistance
Romanian Deadlift in Sumo Stance with Band Resistance
Hinge
Fundamentals
Level: 6
Nordic Hip Hinges
Nordic Hip Hinges
Hinge
Fundamentals
Level: 4
Nordic Hamstring Curls
Nordic Hamstring Curls
Hinge
Fundamentals
Level: 5
Nordic Isometrics Holds
Nordic Isometrics Holds
Hinge
Fundamentals
Level: 6
Floor Thrust
Floor Thrust
Hinge
Fundamentals
Level: 4