Many athletes (and non-athletes) struggle with the conventional deadlift.
They don't know how to stay tight.
They can't maintain a neutral spine.
And they often don't realize how bad their lifting form gets under heavy, and sometimes not-so-heavy, loads.
Here's the kicker, though..
Unless you're a powerlifter or Olympic lifter, you don't HAVE TO pull from the floor with a straight bar.
There are other alternatives for getting bigger and stronger that pose less of an injury risk - like the sumo deadlift off pins in a power rack.
I talk about five great deadlift alternatives in my new article on STACK.com. Check it out here:
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Yunus Barisik, CSCS, is the Head Strength and Conditioning Coach for an elite junior hockey organization based in Espoo, Finland. He has trained hundreds of hockey players at the junior, college and pro levels, including NHL Draft picks and World Champions. An accomplished author, Yunus has had articles published on top fitness and performance sites, including STACK and Muscle & Strength. He also wrote Next Level Hockey Training, a comprehensive resource for ice hockey players on building athletic strength, size and power, while staying injury-free.