So have you tried some of the technique tips suggested in the previous videos?

Were you guilty of making some of the mistakes I pointed out?

Don’t worry if you were. It’s pretty hard to learn proper deadlifting technique on your own. Even if you workout with someone else or even if you hire a trainer there’s a quick way to figure out whether the person trying to coach you knows what they’re talking about.

And it all comes down to three questions. Just ask them:

Question #1 to determine who should coach your deadlift - What is the their max deadlift?

They need to give a quick answer with a real number. As soon as the words roll off the tip of your tongue they don’t break eye contact with you and repeat back a reasonable answer. By reasonable answer I mean a number that hasn’t been rounded up or selected because it is a common load on a bar. 441 lbs is a reasonable answer. No one would automatically come up with that load unless it was the actual amount. If someone were to say 300 lbs even I would guess they are full of $%^&.

By giving a round number they are guessing. They don’t deadlift and they don’t want to embarass themselves by admitting as much. So they give you a quick answer and hope you are happy with it. But all it should tell you is they don’t know their max deadlift because they don’t deadlift themselves.

And lastly, the answer cannot be a rough estimation. It should be a particular number. So if the answer given is ‘around 350 to 375′ you know the person doesn’t have a clue and is simply taking a wild guess.

Those who actually train this lift know exactly how much they can pull and could probably tell the percentages they pull for various reps. Yeah, it gets that precise.

Question #2 to determine who should coach your deadlift – What style do they coach?

There are a number of different types of deadlifts out there. You will see people performing conventional, straight leg, sumo and single leg variations among others.

And you will also see people performing various grips with their deadlifts. You will see snatch grips, double overhand, alternating and hook grips.

Lastly you will various ranges of pulls. Some will perform rack pulls, others deficits, from the floor or even release the weight at knee height.

Knowing the difference between all of the these will be a clue as to whether this person is someone who should teach you how to deadlift.

Question #3 to determine who should coach your deadlift- How do they coach a deadlift?

It may sound counter intuitive or obvious depending on your perspective but you don’t coach a deadlift by deadlifting. Too many people having issues that inhibit their ability to pull safely and with high intensity.

While you can learn a great deal from investing in a quality instructional video, you don’t learn to deadlift by watching a random you tube video.

And while you can learn a lot from the best powerlifters around, you don’t necessarily pick up the best habits from the meat heads in your gym.

And while practicing something done well helps you improve, practicing a poor motor pattern with compensations only sets you up for future injury and disappointment.

Ask your coach or trainer specifically how they coach the deadlift? What tools do they use? What cues do they use? What do they like to see? What equipment, not including an Olmpic bar, helps them teach this skill?

Because if teaching a deadlift involves practicing with no weight on the bar and then going straight to throwing a couple of 45s on each end you should turn and walk the other way. This clown has no business teaching you how to deadlift.

The next time you are going to hire someone to work with you to help you with your hockey training remember these 3 questions. They’ll ensure you use someone who actually lifts, knows what they are talking about and can coach you effectively.


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