Round-backed Deadlifts

Discussion in 'Strength & Conditioning Discussion' started by Tea Cake, Sep 24, 2010.

  1. Tea Cake

    Tea Cake the cake is a lie.

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    I've recently learned that it all depends on what part of the back you are rounding. Lumbar rounding = bad
    Thoracic rounding = ok
     
  3. Tosa

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    The author of the article seems to be confused about a number of things, including how small an area the lower back actually is. He uses an KK as an example of rounding the lumbar spine while deadlifting, which isn't something I've ever seen in any of his videos. I haven't seen video of Vince Anello or Bob peoples deadlift in which I could clearly see the position of their lumbar spine, so I can't comment there, except to say that if the author was viewing near max or max lifts, and that's likely the case, and sub-maximal lifts are less often recorded, it would be silly to draw conclusions about technique. Furthermore, he somehow connects pulling with the hips high and rounding the lower back, while many people pull with there hips high and a neutral or slightly arched lower back just fine. And I could go on.

    And none of what he says explains away the fact that the spine and the spinal disks handle pressures enormously better when the spine is in a neutral, or slightly arched position, rather than curved.
     
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    I think Tosa is pretty straight on. KK rounds his upper back and the middle some. The lumbar spine is a pretty big nono and it is honestly rather difficult to see in an ordinary video or foto if someone's lumbar spine is arched, straight or bent.
     
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  5. PCP

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    I am no expert in anatomy but something tells me you ARE going to gain some lumbar flexion when your upper back is rounded to hell.
     
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    Some people can do it very well, KK keeps his lower back straight (especially for powerlifting competition lifts at this level) while rounding his upper back as much as possible. He just says it takes an extremely strong midsection to pull that off.
     

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