How did you learn to do proper deadlifts and squats?

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How did you learn to do proper deadlifts and squats?

#1 Postby Dillcue » Sat Apr 27, 2013 9:08 am

Did you get a personal trainer? Did you have friends to show you proper technique? Took a class?

I really ought to do these exercises, but I can't risk injury. My livelihood depends on it.

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Re: How did you learn to do proper deadlifts and squats?

#2 Postby vegan_rossco » Sat Apr 27, 2013 12:05 pm

I would suggest looking on youtube and reading up on form and then trying them out with very light weights until you get the technique right, that's the way I got the hang of them :)
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Re: How did you learn to do proper deadlifts and squats?

#3 Postby Compassion » Sat Apr 27, 2013 5:11 pm

I was lucky enough to have a friend show me the ropes, but you are right, don't risk it or rush it.


I'm not sure how friendly the members of your gym are, but most people at my gym are pretty open to helping each other out with form/technique!

Also, start LIGHT! Don't be embarrassed and risk injury!
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Re: How did you learn to do proper deadlifts and squats?

#4 Postby Jaakko » Wed May 08, 2013 2:10 am

I watched U-tube videos and started off with really light weights. I stated off with the empty bars of 10kg for squat and deadlift, 3 sets of 15 reps 3 times a week. And I added 2kg at each workout.

In the beginning I did not strain at all, really no effort at all. But I was so afraid hurting myself by rushing things that I really added only 2kg per workout. I concentrated on good form, looked a lot in the side mirror to check if my back is really straight.

I continued that way for 3 months (where I lifted my bodyweight) and continued first with 3x8reps, then gradually with 5x5 and 3x5 reps until reaching 1.5x my bodyweight after 6 months of training.

The method worked really well for my. I really gained in strength and I never hurt myself. Sore muscles yes, but never joint or tendon problems.

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Re: How did you learn to do proper deadlifts and squats?

#5 Postby jamesxvx » Fri Jun 07, 2013 10:17 pm

YOUTUBE.

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Re: How did you learn to do proper deadlifts and squats?

#6 Postby Mini Forklift Ⓥ » Thu Jun 13, 2013 5:02 am

Found a gym where a lot of good PL'ers, strongmen and strength athletes trained and I made the effort to get there and train whenever I could.

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Re: How did you learn to do proper deadlifts and squats?

#7 Postby AndiMorris » Thu Jun 13, 2013 10:36 am

Personally I learned when I started Crossfit. That was the first time I'd ever had an actual coach which obviously helped a huge amount. I still struggle with getting my chest up when squatting, but that's something I'm working on.

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Re: How did you learn to do proper deadlifts and squats?

#8 Postby Scott Shetler » Thu Jun 20, 2013 4:41 pm

Train with powerlifters - even if they aren't "trainers" they are usually exceptional technicians for squatting and deadlifting - they have to be to move big weights safely!

Louie Simmons' work is exceptional and he is very detail oriented when it comes to squats and deadlifts - that's where I started.

Mark Rippetoe's book Starting Strength gives fantastic instructions for squat / bench / deadlift / press / and clean. While his technique varies considerably from a more "hardcore" powerlifting approach, SS is one of the most detail oriented books I've every seen.

If you are researching online, find someone reputable - who's either moved big weights, or coaches people who move big weights - and if the recommendations of theirs work for you, stick with it. Don't mix and match different advice. You'll find many different ways to squat and they will all work - just find the method that works for you and don't get too overwhelmed with all the information out there. Just find what is the most efficient, and most importantly safe, technique that works for your body type, leverage, etc.
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Re: How did you learn to do proper deadlifts and squats?

#9 Postby awaken375 » Thu Jun 20, 2013 5:51 pm

I would have to say that deadlifting requires a personal trainer, hands down. I have damaged my back severely from doing it based on internet teachings. You just can't get the form perfect enough to do it safely without someone telling you every tiny thing you're doing wrong in person.
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Re: How did you learn to do proper deadlifts and squats?

#10 Postby GetTheLift » Thu Apr 24, 2014 3:43 pm

I wouldn't go to a Personal Trainer for help with your lifts, I would try to find a Powerlifting Coach either National or International Level if possible.

Where do you live? I know a lot of great coaches all over the world!!!

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