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    ??? On Your Worst Lift.....

    OK lets hear them!!! What is the one lift that you struggle the most with?

    I've done well with Powerlifting and I have a pretty extensive background in strength sports so I'd like to help the members of MC with their problem lifts. I also hope some others will jump in when they can. Everybody has a lift that they are "good" at... we don't want to hear about that in this thread.

    I assume everyone hear is trying to improve on one lift or another... so lets see if we can't help each other out a bit!
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    Re: ??? On Your Worst Lift.....

    Bench...very weak in this department. Lagging triceps don't help either...before my first bodybuilding competition in 2005 my bench was 425...a lot of PL technique to help with it, now I have not been able to get close.
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    Re: ??? On Your Worst Lift.....

    Quote Originally Posted by MuscleAddiction View Post
    Bench...very weak in this department. Lagging triceps don't help either...before my first bodybuilding competition in 2005 my bench was 425...a lot of PL technique to help with it, now I have not been able to get close.
    What are you doing to train your bench? You use a lot more than just your triceps when you bench. You use your legs, triceps, lats, shoulders, chest, etc.

    What set/rep scheme are you implementing in your bench training?

    How's your shoulder strength? What assisting lifts are you performing to help increase your bench and get it back to where it was? Are you doing any CGBP, Floor Press, Standing OHP? How's your set up? Are you getting an arch? Are you driving your traps into the bench with your legs? Are you getting leg drive? Where are you bringing the bar down to?

    One cue that will help you is... chest up. Get that chest up and that will help with your arch, help get some lat involvement, and keep your traps "locked" in place.
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    Dead lift! My 1RM for dead lift is 245. My bench is 185 and my squat is 275. My form was horrible and been workin on it but still struggling. I tend to use my back more than my legs and recently (as in yesterday) switched to the Sumo stance and that felt better so hopefully with a lot of training I can get my dead lift were it needs to be.

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    Squat... I'm not by any means huge but my lifts are all 300+. Squats are dreadful...horrible balance and very tight hips. I suffer because I'm horribly inflexible

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    Re: ??? On Your Worst Lift.....

    Quote Originally Posted by iwrkout View Post
    Dead lift! My 1RM for dead lift is 245. My bench is 185 and my squat is 275. My form was horrible and been workin on it but still struggling. I tend to use my back more than my legs and recently (as in yesterday) switched to the Sumo stance and that felt better so hopefully with a lot of training I can get my dead lift were it needs to be.
    Interesting that you are trying sumo since it's less back than conventional. You use MUCH more leg when pulling sumo. If you are flexibile and have wide hips sumo you'll be much more suited for sumo. I don't have wide hips and from all my years of Olympic weightlifting I'm much more suited to pull conventional.

    If you having issues with leg drive when you pull conventional, try pulling off a 45lbs plate to create a deficit. This will force you to drop your hips and use more leg drive to itiate the lift.

    Remember when you pull conventional.... shoulders behind the bar, hips down, and shoot your hips to finish the lift.
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    Re: ??? On Your Worst Lift.....

    Quote Originally Posted by Orange24 View Post
    Squat... I'm not by any means huge but my lifts are all 300+. Squats are dreadful...horrible balance and very tight hips. I suffer because I'm horribly inflexible
    Orange, if mobility is your issue and it's a common issue amoung lifters I suggest you go to mobilitywod and look up hip mobility. You can even write that in the search box in youtube and watch some videos from Kelly Starrett. He has worked with a ton of athletes ranging from pro athletes, to powerlifters, to cross fitters.

    It also may not just be your hips. It could be your ankles to. So check that out and I'm sure it'll help.
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    I'd have to say squats have been the slowest to come around for me. For years my bench and squat were weak. I've had trainers and training buddies all along and nothing helped until I read Starting Strength by Mark Rippetoe. Changed everything for me. Haven't had an issue with either since and best is there's no more flying blind with form. The guy is amazing at coaching the basic barbell lifts and has a program with them similar to a 5x5. If anyone has joint issues or problems with deads, bench, pressing or squats I'd get the book and video.

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    Re: ??? On Your Worst Lift.....

    I thought deads and squats would be my worst lifts going into this meet this weekend, but they have come up tremendously. I feel like what Sister said, doing 2 and 4" deficit deadlifts, along with working the hips and glutes have really helped. For hips I have used Dimel Deads at 4x15 every other week, sub in rope pull-through's on the opposite weeks. Then for Glutes I do G/H kickback every week at 4x20. That's high volume for prep, but it has worked. If I had a GH raise I would have used it over the kickback machine.

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    Re: ??? On Your Worst Lift.....

    Starting my journey I thought my dead would have been my worst but I has been my squat that hasn't come up the way I would have liked! but I am new to PL and I'm working with some good guys including old goat and with their help and support I think my squad will improve and potentially become my best lift! I'm currently benching 365 squat 465 and dead at 550!

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