Actually I may as well post the whole last portion of that post from the blog (this comes after I link the Eric Cobb article).
1. Shins should be very close to the bar. Within 2 inches. Never more than 4 although 4 is usually too far away. Feet should be underneath the bar.
2. Shoulders should be forward of the bar so that the the bar lines up underneath the scapulae. (See diagram below).
3. Hips should be as close to the bar as possible without sacrifising rule one or two.
4. Lower back should be set in it's natural, slightly arched (lodortic) position. No round of the back forward (flexion). And there is no need to exxagerate the natural curvature.
5. Shoulders should be back, scapula retracted, neck in a neutral position (chin tucked). Never put the head "down". Some people seem to think of a tucked chin position as being the same as "head down" but it is not.
6. Don't look down. You can look staight ahead at a neutral point approximately 6 feet away (this can be an imaginarey point) but it is advantageous to look up. Just remember to look up with the eyes ONLY. Never by extending the neck. So, the neck stays in a neutral position but the eyes do the looking.*
[diagram not included here]
The diagram above does not mean that your position should look exactly the same. It should only be mechanically similar. The important thing to note is the foot positon, the shoulder postion and the hips.
That's the quick and dirty but it is far from the be all and end all of deadlifting.
I recommend Eric Cressey's articles for the long version:
Mastering the Deadlift Part I
Mastering the Deadlift Part II
Mastering the Deadlift Part III
This post was just one example of confusion surrounding this basic lift.
And even more common question is the difference between "Romanian" and Stiff-Legged deadlifts. If you'd like to learn the difference, once and for all, read my article at GUS: Romanian Versus Stiff-Legged Deadlifts
- The reason I suggest to look up (but only with the eyes) is because the body follows the eyes. While the chin-tucked position faciliatates the extensor reflex, looking down with the eys does not. Note carefully what Eric Cobb says about this being two separate things. Many authorities, notably Mark Rippetoe, who is often quoted on neck postion, miss this or at least confuse it and gloss over it. It does seem to make sense that looking at "neutral" point about six or so feet "straight" ahead would help maintain spatial awareness, but I have never found spatial awareness to be a factor with proper movement coaching and repeated exposure (the effect of repeated exposure is another factor the Rippetoe glosses over).
Oh…actually I didn't link the Cobb article there..it must have been someplace else.