Don’t pile fitness on top of dysfunction…

Learn more about this interesting concept as well as learn some new tips for avoiding low back pain from the deadlift…

-James Wilson-

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  1. Karmen says:

    The concept of pushing the ground down instead of lifting up with the deadlift is going to be a helpful tip for me to keep in mind. I appreciate the cues to proper movement you are able to give.

    Reply • January 27 at 7:16 pm
  2. Eric says:

    James, kind of an odd question about the single leg deadlift…shoes or no shoes? I realize I’ve been doing it barefoot and it’s awfully hard to balance on your heel this way.

    Reply • January 31 at 11:10 am
    • bikejames says:

      I always prefer to lift barefoot. Shoes provide artificial support and training in them robs us of a chance to strengthen the feet and toes. In fact, overuse of shoes will actually shut your pinkie toe off – take your shoes off and grip the floor with your feet. if you are like most people you will find that your pinkie toe just kind of sits there and doesn’t extend out and grip like the rest of your toes do.

      If you wear shoes with a lot of padding and arch support then your have developed your balance based on the center of gravity and support they provide. Once you remove those shoes and try to exercise you are trying to re-learn how to move and balance without that artificial influence. That may be contributing to your sense of imbalance.

      One last thing – you don’t want all your weight on your heels. You want about 60% of your weight on your heels, enough to allow you to lightly raise your toes off the floor. Not your whole forefoot – just your toes. You want your heel, outside edge of your foot and big toe knuckle in contact with the floor so if you feel one of those three points losing solid contact then you may be overdoing it with another point of contact.

      Hope this helps…

      James Wilson

      Reply • February 2 at 10:08 am

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