Crazy claim I got in my mailbox two weeks ago. My comments are below…
“Hi Medhi, my dad has been doing your program for a while now and has seen amazing results, so I thought I would give it a go also. I was talking to a friend at work and he said that deadlifts harm the nervous system and are very bad for you as they are not a natural lift?! Is this true?!”
Hah, you’ve just been a victim of “broscience lol!
Because claiming Deadlifts are not a natural lift is bs.
I mean, I did the groceries last weekend with my girlfriend.
We have these big bags we put everything in to carry the groceries from my car in the basement to my apartment on the third floor.
Here’s how I do it: I take one bag out of my car trunk, and put it on the floor. Then I take the other bag out and close the car trunk.
After that I position myself inbetween the two groceries bags, get down to the grab the handles, and lift the two bags up to carry them upstairs.
That movement right there, that *is* a Deadlift (followed by a farmer walk to the third floor lol)
Deadlifts are a natural movement. They can’t be bad for you.
But guess what is?
Deadlifting with BAD form.
Deadlifting with a ROUND lower back.
Yet if you keep your spine neutral, you’ll get stronger at Deadlifts without getting hurt your lower back.
I recommend you tape yourself next time you Deadlift and check if your form is safe.
Don’t make excuses.
P.S. The nervous system thing is bs as well. Yes Deadlifts are harder because each rep starts from a dead stop, you use a lot of weight and it uses more muscles than other exercise.
But that’s no reason to skip on Deadlifts.
I recommend not to talk about lifting with friends, family and co-workers- they often don’t “get” it.