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Q&A: Deadlift Lockout | Bryan Dermody

Question: "I have issues with the top end of my deadlift.  What are some drills or techniques I can incorporate to work on my lock out at the top?"


This problem typically comes down to one or more of the following three factors:

  • Lower back strength
  • Upper back strength
  • Glute strength

After accessing which of these is your issue(s), here are a few different accessory lifts to help correct it:
Lower back strength:

  • Rack deadlifts from varying heights
  • Deadlifts with bands or chains, pause deadlifts (pausing at the knee for 1-3 seconds)
  • Romanian deadlifts

Upper back strength:

  • Heavy barbell rows
  • Kroc rows

Glute strength:

  • Ukrainian deadlifts
  • Heavy KB swings with band around the waist
  • Barbell hip lifts

-Bryan Dermody


Posted on April 20, 2016


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