I came across an article by Tim Henriques called Get It Right: The Deadlift
I will not link it here because of what the article holds as "information".
After a generic and oversimplified write-up on the Deadlift, here are Tim's takehome points on why exactly you should care about Deadlifts:
Deadlift = Back Exercise
In Tim's words:
To have a better idea how to program the deadlift. Knowing that the deadlift is predominantly a back exercise and the squat a leg exercise helps determine which should go first in the routine. Most lifters usually want to squat first, since squatting heavy with a tired back sucks, but you can deadlift heavy even when the legs are fatigued because the legs aren't the limiting factor.
How am I supposed to Deadlift heavy if my legs are tired? Oh waaaiitt…the Deadlift is a BACK exercise! I keep forgetting…the legs have no function..
To know when to place deadlifts in the weekly training routine. They should either go with the legs, making it a leg and lower back day, or they should be separated out from squats as far as possible, usually by three or four days. Squatting heavy on one day and deadlifting heavy the following day usually isn't a good idea for long term success.
I dislike the fact that he refers to Deadlifts as being a "lower back" exercise, however, I do agree with the aspect of separating them by 3-4 days. I also think that Deadlifts CAN go with Squats but I would not do that. Me being me I'd do Deadlifts and then Front Squats or Pistols. We've done that for a long time now. Even Front Box Squats are a cool exercise.
According to Tim:
To understand the proper programming frequency for this exercise. Most good lifters do well deadlifting once a week or less because the lower back, with its large amount of tendinous tissue, is one of the slowest areas of the body to recover.
I agree with this…Deadlifting 1-2x a week is plenty. This is ofcourse for people wanting to become good deadlifters.
Squats + Leg Presses = Big Deadlift!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
It helps assess the value of other exercises related to the deadlift. Squats and leg presses can help the deadlift by building the legs, which should improve leg drive or the power to get the weight off the floor. Rack pulls, Romanian deadlifts, and good mornings will develop the lower back, glutes, and hamstrings, all of which should help the lifter lock the weight out at the top portion of the lift.
What? Not this again…. Squats and Leg Presses build teh legzzz which will help in the Deadlift because apparently as per point #1 Deadliftzzz don't require dem Legzz.
What is with all these closet bodybuilders?
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