Tip: Get Your Weight Back on the Deadlift

Fix a common technique flaw fast with this simple but effective trick.

Far too often, lifters set up to deadlift with their weight too far forward into their toes. One of my go-to cues for the setup is "armpits over the bar with maximal hamstring tension." In other words, most people need to get their weight back so they're in a better position to pull the bar off the floor.

One simple drill I like to use as a last resort is to place a box behind someone so they learn to get their weight back. The objective here isn't to sit onto the box and relax. Rather, it's to use it as a target to get the lifter more on top of the bar than in front of it.