It doesn't matter if you're new to Functional Fitness or just need to brush up on some foundational movements, good form is essential. You don't even need to be a Functional Fitness athlete to benefit from movements like the Deadlift. We all need good form in weightlifting and daily activities like playing with the kids in the park. Bad form = wasted energy and increased risk of injury. Not cool!
In this JUNK Brands Functional Fitness video Josh Kirts from CrossFit NWA in Bentonville, Arkansas, demonstrates the Deadlift. Watch the 2 minute segment for with clear instructions and an easy to follow demo so you can easily learn the movements. Josh is a firefighter and has been a CrossFit Level 2 Coach for 6 years. In other words-- Josh is awesome and you should listen to what he says.
Josh teaches how to maintain a neutral spine in How to Deadlift with Proper Form. In this segment he is wearing the Thrash headband. The Deadlift is actually a functional movement you perform every day, whether you're at the CrossFit box or picking up your kids. For the Deadlift Josh recommends starting out with a PVC pipe. It’s important to consistently perform the movement with correct form before adding intensity. Before you transition to a Deadlift from the floor with a barbell make sure to set your core and keep these safety tips in mind:
Never round your back as you lower to the ground as you come off the ground
Don't over-extend or arch your back as you stand up
Make sure to drive your knees out, don't bring them in as you lift
Thanks for showing us how to perform a Deadlift with proper form, Josh!
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