Raise The Deadlift
Standing on a raised surface to deadlift forces you to drop your hips lower and thereby recruit your quads more to begin the lift. This improves your speed off the floor on the conventional deadlift and can help you break the plateau.
How To Do It: Deficit Deadlift
- Stand on a mat or plate that is one to two inches thick and prepare to deadlift as usual. Note that the bar remains on the floor and is not raised when you first stand on the plate.
- Drop your hips as you begin the pull. You will notice that the elevation makes you get lower in order to begin pulling the bar effectively. Keep your lower back flat as you stand up to lockout.
- The deficit deadlift can kill your back if you are not warmed up. Stretch your hips and hamstrings beforehand to improve your range of motion.
- Work on the deficit deadlift for four weeks, and then retest your deadlift.