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Today we are going to focus on the Dead Lift. This is a key exercise for leg strength, posterior chain strength, lower back strengthextra. Although obviously its not an exercise exclusively used by rugby players, I have found it key to my training.
It is an exercise which you must ensure to get the correct technique or you have the potential to really hurt yourself. As always start with a small weight, that you can lift with perfect technique and then work up, always ensuring that you can still perform correctly with the additional weight. Key points for this exercise are:
Always make sure that your posture is correct: head up, chest up.
Weight through your heels and never arch your back.
When lifting remember that it is a lower body exercise, make sure that you feel the weight through your heels. You are not trying to yank the weight up with your upper body.
You can use two different types of grip: one hand over, one hand under. Or both hands on the same side. Personally I prefer to have a mixed grip.
See the video below for full instructions and of course, share, comment, ask questions! We want to know what you guys think.
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