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Don't Break Your Back on Partner Deadlifts

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Aloha Athletes!

As you gear up for the Terrible Two’s Competition this weekend there’s a couple of notes I’d like to share with you all about Partner Deadlift Safety. Now, let me first start by saying this workout was designed for fun! Please approach it this way. It’s a fun way to lift a crap load of weight, and do it with a buddy! However, this movement can be extremely dangerous, especially with near maximal loads. So please take a read at these tips…

  1. Communication

Communication is probably the most important part of this movement. You and your partner must know when to start the lift, when one is bailing, if your feelings and confidence going into it, and so much more. You have to be on the same page and be able to communicate with them how you are feeling. If person could help up carrying the entire load. So if you’re bailing, YELL IT! That way both can drop it and save a broken back.

     2. Timing

Starting the lift together, raising at the same speed, and finishing at similar speeds are all important. If you’ve never practiced this movement before (many of you haven’t), you’ll be surprised to see if one partner may be stronger or faster off the ground, and the other is better finishing the movement past the knees. These things matter, especially if you haven’t done this often.

     3. Grip & Stance

Do you have a wider stance than your partner? What about grip? Does one mix grip and the other doesn’t? Is one stronger than the other? Should you consider a gripped offset on the bar? All these these things matter when it plays into the partner deadlift. Every millimeter to the right or the left of the bar creates a significant weight shift that can make or break your lift.

Overall, these are just three small factors of a million more than can affect the outcome of your lift and increase the safety of it. I encourage you to practice this lift with your partner today or tomorrow. You will be surprised with how little you think you can actually lift. I tried this workout with Amanda Busset 405lb deadlift, and I have a 480lb deadlift, and 700lb was hard! Much harder than we expected. The strong guys at Total Fitness USA, Rick and Andrew, both have well over 500lb deadlifts had struggled pulling the 1000lb bar. This is a doosey! So go grab your partner. Work on communication, timing, and grip. But most of all, have fun!

See you Saturday! Aloha!

Joshua Baldovino


About the Author

Coffee addict. Fitness aficionado. Advocate for all things fun. Joshua Baldovino is the Founder and Co-Owner of Shakas and Snatches. Joshua is passionate about fitness, business, but not as much as he is addicted to ice cream.  You can find him on Instagram: @shakajosh_ss.