Originally Posted by Eric Troy:
I just came across a series of deadlift images that reminded me of a misconception about the lift. People try to compare it to the clean. The deadlift is not like the clean, except superficially (the deadlift came first!). This series of image showed a deadlift with the bar on floor, then at around mid shin, then at lockout. They were labelled "Phase 1, Phase 2, and Phase 3".
The clean, and the snatch have phases. The deadlift does NOT. The dead is a continuous lift from the floor to the waist. There are no discrete phases or parts. Anything that appears to be a separate "part" when you watch heavy lifts, is an artifact of the adjustments needed to lift a max, with nothing to do with the intentions or or fundamental technique you are going for.
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