60 seconds or less: Is deadlifting dangerous?

Posted on January 28, 2019

(Last Updated On: January 28, 2019)

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Should I fear deadlifting?

What would you do if you wanted to get hurt lifting? You’d,

  • Focus on the most injury prone area (low back)
  • Lift basically as much as your body could
  • Lean over through a lot of range of motion
  • Make the lift similar to a motion you already do a lot of
    • Deadlifting is similar to sitting (knees are into chest; spine leaning forward)
      • Repetitive motion is one of the best ways to flare up an area
  • Make the lift technical. Pick one done professionally
    • …powerlifters…

Next, options. Is deadlifting dangerous in comparison to an alternative? Virtually any other lift is going to,

  • Focus less on the low back
  • Not allow as much weight
  • Have less range of motion at the spine
  • Not be as similar to sitting
  • Be less technical

Yes, deadlifting is dangerous. Most shouldn’t, needn’t, do it. You can work all the same muscles with less risk.

That said, running causes more injuries than walking. If you want to run, that’s fine, but don’t get bullshitted with “if you have good form there’s no risk,” nor lies saying it is AT ALL required for ANYTHING other than you want to be good at, or enjoy, deadlifting running.

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