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A Guide to Applying DNS/PRI Principles to Powerlifting (Part 3: Deadlift)

A Guide to Applying DNS/PRI Principles to Powerlifting (Part 3: Deadlift)

If you haven’t already seen Part 1 and Part 2 to this series, I strongly recommend reading that first as it lays down the groundwork for what we are diving into here. Today’s installment in the PRI/DNS to Powerlifting series will focus in on the deadlift. Before we dive in, I just wanted to make a quick note on this article series: I am making this series to help lifters and coaches understand how to use these trains of thought as tools and some scenarios where it might be helpful. It is by no means the only tool that you should have in your toolbox. PRI and DNS don’t solve every problem that you’ll encounter in powerlifting, but they can be a good starting point to work from. As much as I’d like knowing how to do powerlifting and these modalities together to be the silver bullet to perfect, efficient movement and absolute injury prevention, they aren’t that, and if they were… I’d probably be a lot richer by now. That being said, let’s get down to business. Today’s article will be broken down into 2 main sections: Addressing the positions of the deadlift, particularly in the setup, Transferring the foundation you lay with the set up into an efficient deadlift Part 1: Set Up For Success Not wanting to make this article a deadlift tutorial, let’s assume if you’re reading this article, you have some experience deadlifting and understand some basic principles like bracing, a hip hinge, and working to shorten the range of motion effectively while playing to your leverages. The most common “error” that we see in...