First off, it is my birthday! Yes to 26! Now back to the good stuff. There is no denying the importance of learning how to weight-shift posteriorly to prevent future low back or hip issues. I have written about this in the past that can be seen in these two articles…
I got the idea from Andy Bolton and Pavel’s new book Deadlift Dynamite. Andy Bolton, yes one of the top, if not thee top deadlifter ever..don’t believe me?
Now, our primary goal isn’t that our athlete’s deadlift 1000 pounds but it does mean they need to get strong and get there as safe as possible. Looking at the picture below notice how the lumbar spine flexes as opposed to shifting back into the hips. This is a common movement impairment. It’s also a RED FLAG for those who may currently have back pain or better yet, ones who may down the road.
To prevent significant knee flexion (another common mistake) and encourage the posterior weight shift, I tried the 2×4 on the floor idea presented in the book. So far, so good.
Try it out and let me know what you think.