Does your deadlift lockout feel really hard and slow? Watch this free video to explain what is causing it and how to fix it

Learn why your deadlift might be so weak

Does your deadlift lockout feel really hard and slow? 

We’re usually quick in trying to ‘increase lockout strength’ by doing specific exercises like rack pulls, hip thrusts, etc. However, the fix might be much simpler. 

In the video below it explains a technique fault which might be contributing to a ‘weak’ or ‘slow’ deadlift lockout.

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What is a deadlift lockout?

The “deadlift lockout” is a crucial phase in your deadlift. It is the final part of the deadlift movement. It occurs when the lifter has pulled the weight off the floor and then extends their hips and knees to stand up fully with the barbell. The lockout is complete when the lifter stands upright, with shoulders back and hips fully extended, holding the barbell in front of the thighs.

Achieving a proper lockout is essential for completing the lift successfully, especially in competitive lifting. It demonstrates full control of the weight and ensures the lifter has completed the full range of motion required for the exercise.

Many lifters find the lockout phase challenging due to factors such as grip strength, lower back strength, and overall technique. Improper lockout technique can lead to ineffective training or even injury.

So you have to ensure;

  • The barbell stays close to the body throughout the lift. 
  • Drive your hips forward and engage the glutes as the bar passes the knees.
  • Keep the core tight and the back straight.
  • Avoid leaning back excessively at the top of the movement.

Specific exercises can help improve deadlift lockout strength, such as rack pulls, hip thrusts, and exercises that strengthen the lower back, glutes, and hamstrings.

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