Tip: How To Find Your Optimal Deadlift Stance

When it comes to deadlifts it’s important to have a solid foundation.

This foundation will start from your feet being in contact with the ground.

I have often times commented on the importance of your feet and toes in deadlifting, now we are going to take things up a notch and look at your deadlift stance.

It’s important to note that we are all different shapes and sizes.  There is no “right stance” for everyone so it’s important to play and find what works for you.

We also must take into consideration many factors such as genetics, hip anatomy, lever lengths, mobility (lack of), injuries and much more.

The most simple way to find your optimal deadlift stance is to just play with your deadlifts.  Do one rep, then make a very slight foot adjustment.  Do another rep.  Assess how it feels.  Do another rep and turn your toes out slightly.

Every time you do a rep you should focus on how it feels.

As well a great tool is to use a camera.  Take videos of your deadlifts as sometimes it may feel heavy or off but may actually look better when you see it.

A great quote I learned from Dan John was “Looks Right Flies Right’ where he talked about shot put and how a good throw would “look good”. The same can be applied to the deadlift.

Take your time, play, make very small changes and get a feel for things.

An important note, you may find sometimes that a stance feels good light but once you go heavy it doesn’t feel as good.  Always remember changes take time and sometimes a change in technique, stance or set up may not feel as good at first but feel better with some time and practice.

Give it a try and let me know how you find it.

Coach Rob

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