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From the Archives: The Correct Place for the Bar in Your Hands in the Deadlift

by Mark Rippetoe | June 07, 2020

“JUST PICK IT UP OFF THE FUCKIN' FLOOR!!! GRIP IT AND RIP IT!!!! ARRRGH!!!!!” is the extent to which the deadlift is coached in some high school weight rooms, gyms, and garages around the world. I'm sorry, but this level of simplicity is insufficient, and yelling does not compensate for a lack of detail. Such advice will usually produce every possible incorrect position, including a badly miss-taken grip.

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