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Controlling the Negative


Ask the majority of people that lift weights and typically they’ll tell you that the deadlift is amongst their favourite exercises.

For a start, you tend to be able to lift more weight and it isn’t going to crush you if you can’t finish the lift! It also helps build a strong and impressive posterior chain (and yes, that includes your ass).

But one thing that is common, across a lot of people who deadlift, is the dropping of the bar from the top… When you don’t control the eccentric part of the lift (the downward phase in the deadlift also known as the negative) you’re essentially missing out on half of the lift. Not to mention all the benefits that come along with it.

So, what are you missing out on?

  • Increased intensity and prolonged stress on the working muscle groups
    Stress is good! Well, in this case at least – as it forces the body to adapt, meaning greater strength and hypertrophy gains.
  • Benefits to your connective tissue
    This means your joints will become stronger which minimises the risk of injury and can even help you bounce back from one.
  • Better flexibility
    Working the muscle through its full range and controlling the eccentric part of the lift helps to increase the range your muscles can reach.
  • Hypertrophy
    Your muscles are trying to contract whilst simultaneously trying to lengthen. This will result in more muscle damage (and unfortunately more DOMS), but with the appropriate recovery, will result in more muscle tone being developed.
By Simon Price