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    Hello Mark,

    I've been trying to teach my girlfriend to squat and deadlift, but I have a problem. It seems that her arms can't be fully straightened and the elbows look a bit unlocked. I guess it would be a problem deadlifting this way.

    What's your opinion about it?

    Thanks for your help.

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    Thanks for the kind words about SE? But why would you want her arms fully straightened on the squat? If she really can't get straight elbows on the pull, there may be problems, but not until the weight gets heavy. I'd keep working with her, until she runs you off.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mark Rippetoe View Post
    Thanks for the kind words about SE? But why would you want her arms fully straightened on the squat?
    I don't. The question is only about deadlifting.

    If she really can't get straight elbows on the pull, there may be problems, but not until the weight gets heavy. I'd keep working with her, until she runs you off.
    Ok, I will try that, but when will I know the weight is too heavy to deadlift this way?

    Thanks for the reply.

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    You won't. She will. It will hurt.

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