Mark Rippetoe, author of Starting Strength and Practical Programming, answers all of your questions about how to do the deadlift, including sumo vs. conventional vs. trap-bar deadlifts, the best grip styles, round-back deadlifting, belts, shoes, cues, and more.
In this episode, I speak with the grandfather of barbell training, Mark Rippetoe, who has given us many a great things, including books that everyone should read, Starting Strength and Practical Programming.
I’m a fan of Mark and his work, of course, because nobody has done more to promote, teach, and defend barbell training than Rip, and also because of his peppery personality, which always makes for a fun conversation.
This time around, we talk about the deadlift and its many subtleties and variations.
There are a number of factors that ultimately determine how well you can deadlift that are out of your control—your limb lengths, bone structure, height, and so forth—but there are also many things that you can control, like your technique, tools, and training methods, and these are what you’re going to learn about in this podcast with Mark.
Whether you’re new to the deadlift or trying add a few more pounds to your powerlifting totals, I think you’re going to find today’s talk helpful, because we discuss a number of common questions like…
Should you sumo, trap-bar, or conventional deadlift?
Should you deadlift with a mixed grip, hook grip, or double-overhand grip?
Should you use a belt?
Should you round your upper back?
What are the best cues?
The bottom line is by the end of this interview, you’re going to know more about deadlifting than 90% of the people in your gym, including the trainers.
6:02 – What is the starting strength method?
8:32 – What do you think of pulling with a rounded back?
12:37 – What are your thoughts on sumo, conventional, and trap bar?
19:28 – Can you lift more with sumo?
24:53 – What is the trap bar deadlift?
27:47 – Does the sumo deadlift use the quads more?
31:25 – What type of deadlift do you recommend for people with preexisting conditions.
40:15 – What are your thoughts on mix grip, hook grip, and double overhand grip?
41:32 – What is the supine grip?
47:47 – What are your thoughts on deadlifting shoes?
49:33 – What type of deadlifting shoes do you recommend?
55:07 – What are your thoughts on deadlift belts?
1:06:06 – Where can people find you and your work?
What did you think of this episode? Have anything else to share? Let me know in the comments below!
I'm Mike and I'm the creator of Muscle for Life and Legion Athletics, and I believe that EVERYONE can achieve the body of their dreams.
If you like what I have to say, sign up for my free newsletter and every week I'll send you awesome, science-based health and fitness tips, delicious "diet-friendly" recipes, motivational musings, and more.
THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE HAVE USED MY BOOKS TO BUILD THEIR BEST BODIES EVER. WILL YOU BE NEXT?
If you want a "paint-by-numbers," step-by-step blueprint for building a muscular, lean, strong body...faster than you ever thought possible...then you want to check out my bestselling books.
Here's a little sneak peek of what you'll learn inside...
The 7 biggest muscle building myths & mistakes that keep guys small, weak, and frustrated. (These BS lies are pushed by all the big magazines and even by many trainers.)
How to build meal plans that allow you to build muscle, lose fat, and get healthy with ease…eating foods you love (yes, including those deemed “unclean” by certain “gurus”)…and never feeling starved, deprived, or like you’re “on a diet.”
The 5 biggest fat loss myths & mistakes that keep women overweight, disappointed, and confused. (These BS lies are pushed by all the big magazines and even by many trainers.)
An all-in-one training system that delivers MAXIMUM results for your efforts…spending no more than 3 to 6 hours in the gym every week…doing workouts that energize you, not wipe you out.
A no-BS guide to supplements that will save you hundreds if not THOUSANDS of dollars each year that you would’ve wasted on products that are nothing more than bunk science and marketing hype.
And a whole lot more!
The bottom line is you CAN achieve that “Hollywood body" without having your life revolve around it. No long hours in the gym, no starving yourself, and no grueling cardio that turns your stomach.
My book will show you how. Get it today and let’s build a body you can be proud of.