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Dead-Stop Vs Touch-N-Go Deadlifts – Common Mistakes In Technique And Application

I constantly get the question about why I do touch-and-go deadlifts when dead-stop deadlifts are “better”.  First let's discuss the difference between the two lifts. The dead-stop deadlift is when doing deadlift reps the full weight of the bar is released onto the floor.  With the touch-n-go deadlift the weight only touches the floor without the full weight of the bar being unloaded onto the floor before the next rep is started.

First let's be clear; the dead-stop deadlift is not, by nature, better than a touch-and-go deadlift.  At least, if you don’t define what your use of the deadlift training session is for.  Both styles of deadlifts have distinct benefits and BOTH are better for specific goals.  Tony and I discuss the correct application of both approaches based on your goals and desired training outcome is in the above video. For the most part, the dead-stop deadlift is better for most athletes needs. It’s a great development tool for refining your deadlift skill so that you can increase your maximal deadlift.  That does not, however, negate the value of the touch-and-go pull for specific uses.

Unfortunately, most people I have observed complete the dead-stop deadlift in an improper fashion.  If the dead-stop deadlift is not performed correctly, it will not only not assist with proper motor pattern development, it will significantly increase the risk of injury. Watch through and listen to Tony and I go through the one critical step that most people miss, and a demonstration of proper dead-stop form.

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