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A lower price point to get started, Chuck Taylors are an affordable option to replace your running shoes for deadlifts. Of course, you can wear Chuck Taylors casually, for basketball or for squats and deadlifts as powerlifters discovered years ago.
The Reebok Nano version 6.0 crossfit trainer shoe is another excellent option for deadlifting. With a flat hard sole and strong Kevlar canvas, the Reebok Nano will give you the stability necessary for handling heavy weights.
As of today, Nike Metcon 4 are the shoes I use to squat and deadlift. The Nike Metcon 4 is popular with strength and crossfit training athletes. Among the best feature of the Nike Metcon 4 is the flywire built into the lacing system helps keep the foot secure and locked into place. Stability is critical.
If you have any knee issues such as a torn or missing meniscus, you must make sure to have the most stable shoes possible for deadlifting.
As soon as you start lifting weights, especially for squats and deadlifts, get out of those running shoes and into the most stable, hard sole deadlift appropriate shoes that you can afford. Ruining your knees is not the goal of deadlifting.
The current USAPL NJ state powerlifting Champion and the NPC Tri-State Bodybuilding Champion, Ray Padilla, does not have a meniscus in one of his knees.
Ray highly recommends and swears by the Nike Metcon 4. His motto is “No Meniscus, No Problem!”
Deadlift Pants for Scraping Shins
Deadlift pants are not the best solution to prevent scraping your shins deadlifting. Fine-tuning your deadlift form is the best answer to prevent shin scrapes and bruises from deadlifting. If you do not perfect your deadlift form, even with long deadlift pants, you will still bang your shins up.
However, deadlift pants are a good option to protect your shins as you hone your deadlift form.
You cannot easily see the middle of your foot for the deadlift setup. And as you know, setting up the bar over the middle of your foot is critical to getting the maximum push off the floor.
If you decide to compete in powerlifting, deadlift pants are not allowed in competition. So you better get used to deadlifting without the shin scraping protection of long pants in case you want to compete in a powerlifting meet someday.
Relying on deadlift pants to protect your shins will not help you better your deadlift form.
Nevertheless, using long deadlift pants are a smart way to start deadlifting or practice refining your deadlift form.
17. Deadlifts Are A Perfect Illustration Of The SAID Principle
What is the SAID Principle?
The SAID principlesays that the human body adapts to imposed demands. In other words, given stressors on the human system, whether biomechanical or neurological, there will be a Specific Adaptation to Imposed Demands (SAID)2).
For example, Milo of Croton was a 6th-century BC Greek wrestler.
To achieve his legendary strength, Milo began lifting a young bull.
He continued to do this every day, and as the bull grew in size, Milo gained strength to match.
This story of Milo illustrates the SAID Principle.
The SAID principle is a fundamental strength training concept.
Your body will respond to the imposed demands of the deadlift.
As well as any other progressive resistance training.
How To Implement The SAID Principle With Deadlifts
If 50 pounds is easy for you to deadlift, great.
Go home and come back two days later.
Do the same deadlift workout the next time.
Five minutes for your warm up as mentioned above, but this time, add another five pounds to the bar.
This is where fractional plates are handy, 2.5 pounds on either side of the bar.
Even if you could go up twenty pounds in weight, don’t.
It is much more effective to go up in weight 5 – 10 pounds a week.
“In the weightlifting realm, deadlifts reign king. Deadlifts and squats are far and away the best all-around exercises that exists. They build an all-around powerful, muscular, shredded physique faster than any other exercise. It’s cheating the weight-lifting system. Deadlifts are equally beneficial for women. Deadlifts shred body fat, and build muscle all over your body.”
19. Benefits Of Deadlifts For Males – Boost Your Testosterone
To increase your testosterone levels, deadlifts have no equal other than squats.
Boosting testosterone levels is one of the key benefits of doing deadlifts and squats for men.
You’ll feel stronger than ever, and deadlifting progressively heavier weight off the ground will improve your mental health.
Training, exercise, deadlifting, are all under your control.
As a result, you will imagine and feel that the same way you are getting physically stronger in the deadlift, so too will you get mentally stronger to lift the dead weight of suicidal ideation out of your mind.
If your suicidal ideation is a result of antidepressants, consider using Hashi Mashi’s SIGECAPS as an antidepressant alternative.
The only side effects from Hashi Mashi’s SIGECAPS is you will get leaner and stronger faster than you ever thought possible.
You will just feel too good to consider suicide an option.
An Important Reminder:
The deadlift requires that you practice the best form possible.
You must warm up before a deadlift workout.
This means to run, walk or do the elliptical for at least 5 minutes.
Most critical, you must keep your back neutral straight once you lift.
Never ever arch or slouch, you must keep your core tight and back neutral.
For this reason, it is important to continue learning how to deadlift with the best form possible.
An excellent resource for deadlifting is the classic Starting Strength by Mark Rippetoe.
This book will help reduce your fear of deadlifts, squats, and bench presses.
You must learn to train safe and Starting Strength is a great place to begin strength training.