During the deadlift, the bar should stay as close to your body as possible. When it does, the weight has less distance to travel and your spine can stay in a neutral position.
Basically, you can move more weight, more easily.
Unfortunately, for many guys, the bar will creep away during the lift—and your gains and back will suffer. Prevent that from happening by anchoring the bar with a band, says Men’s Health Fitness Director BJ Gaddour, who shows the corrective tool in the video above.
The pull from the band automatically forces your lats to lock down and your spine to stabilize, which keeps the bar close, he explains.
Use this tool during your deadlift warmup to hone your technique.
Or try it during speed deadlifts with a weight that’s about 50 to 80 percent of your 1-rep max. Perform 2 to 3 sets of fast reps to build explosive power.
By Jill Fanslau