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    I use some degree of dynamic explosiveness to get a lift started, but I know that it has a tendency to make me loose and compromises form. If I set up more carefully, the pulls tend to be slower and I compromise the weight I can pull. Iíve never injured myself in 3 years of lifting with a bit of compromised technique, but it got me wondering. Can perfect form reduce the maximum weight pulled, or is that just my perception from several years of compromised form ? If I really work to perfect the technique without adding the dynamic element, will that ultimately increase my 1RM ?

    Iím only talking here of near, or maximum lifts. At lower numbers during volume work Iím strict about form, but as I get closer to the 1RM I begin pulling a bit more cavalier.

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    Let the coaches give a real answer. On the deadlift, I believe Rip has said many times that you'll definitely see truly strong men with some rounding in the back and a more dynamic start, but that the weight doesn't come off the floor until the hips have come up. I believe Robert Santana has written that he thinks that this happens because the lifters are trying to start the weight up with a perception of momentum. Doesn't mean that it's a good idea for people who aren't top-level lifters . . .

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    The DL at max weights is a slow lift. There is no getting around that. Having good form will not make you lift less weight. The SS method is build around anatomy and physics and using them to your advantage to lift the most weight. You are just not acclimated to the form. For that, reset your weights a bit, dial in your form and build back up again. You will be able to exceed your current weights, don't worry.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hayden-William Courtland View Post
    The DL at max weights is a slow lift. There is no getting around that. Having good form will not make you lift less weight. The SS method is build around anatomy and physics and using them to your advantage to lift the most weight. You are just not acclimated to the form. For that, reset your weights a bit, dial in your form and build back up again. You will be able to exceed your current weights, don't worry.
    Thatís the answer I was hoping for. Thanks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by J. Killmond View Post
    Let the coaches give a real answer. On the deadlift, I believe Rip has said many times that you'll definitely see truly strong men with some rounding in the back and a more dynamic start, but that the weight doesn't come off the floor until the hips have come up. I believe Robert Santana has written that he thinks that this happens because the lifters are trying to start the weight up with a perception of momentum. Doesn't mean that it's a good idea for people who aren't top-level lifters . . .
    I use an action which times shins to the bar in a kind of 1,2,3 lift. During the sequence of shins to the bar, once, twice, thrice Iím engaging the lats and have taken the valsalva to take some of the slack out of the bar-but not yet flattening the back, or pushing through the floor. Itís feels a bit like press 2.0, but obviously Iím not fully tight until the Ďthreeí count. Hayden has effectively assured me that itís really just in my mind.

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