- Jun 19, 2006
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Mark Rippetoe said:I know of no better example of functional strength than a 600-pound deadlift. Except a 700-pound deadlift. That's what strength is: the ability to generate force, and the "functional" part is really just a qualifier. Because when you're that strong, it's functional. That's the part that has the modern "academic" wing of the fitness industry in such a fog just now.
This is contradictory to a lot of what I've read here in S&P. Its been beaten into my head that for DL you want your shoulders behind the bar (only Oly lifts have the shoulders infront). I'm curious to see what the heavy hitters have to say about this.
I think he's referring to the oft quoted Dave Tate article where he talks about shoulders behind the bar. I believe Rippetoe and Tate discussed this somewhere, let me try to dig it up..
Mark Rippetoe said:The comments from Westside regarding "shoulders behind the bar" were intended to be cues for coaching, not a biomechanical analysis of the lift. Dave Tate explained this to me in our conversation. He agrees with me about scapula position off the floor, and anyone can look at videos of heavy deadlifts and make this observation themselves. I feel that a good understanding of the mechanics of the movement allows you to form your own cues, and is the most useful tool for developing correct technique."
so its just a mindset?