Tip: How to Build Tension in the Deadlift

Clean up your deadlift technique and get your lats engaged with this super simple trick.

Lead Photo Credit: Hard Nocks South

Squeeze the Orange!

This is one of my all-time favorite cues, and one I use often because it accomplishes a lot when it comes to cleaning up deadlift technique:

  • This cue promotes more full-body tension.
  • It promotes more posterior tilt of scapulae, providing a smidge more of a biomechanical advantage.
  • It helps to engage the lats to higher degree, which aids in upper back tension and less chance of rounding.
  • It evidently does NOT help in preventing me from being awkward AF at the end of this video.