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9/30/2014 10:25:39 PM - derek girven
looking for some advice on a car deadlift. i have a competition coming up on nov 1st with a car deadlift. i have been stapled in two previous competitions by this. im in the lw200 class. i have a 450 deadlift. ive been using thick handle farmer deads to try and simulate it. im up to 250 per hand on these. any technique or tips would be greatly appreciated.

Unless grip is your issue with the car DL, I would not recommend using thick handle farmer's, even with straps. Thicker grip makes the pull more difficult and it sounds like you need to train with more weight, at least some of the time. Try to find out the height of the pick because most farmer's handles have a higher pick than a car DL, so you should stand on some mats or a couple plates to lower the pick height. Finally, and most importantly, a car DL is not a straight up pull. You are leaning back much more than on any other sort of pull and at lockout you will actually not be completely upright most of the time. The best thing you can do is either go and train on the contest equipment or find someone with a car DL frame that you can use. Failing that, you can try to improvise a car DL simulator like the one in the video below or something similar. And if your competition is Maryland's Strongest Man, I'll see you there!

Lean back and hump it into submission,
Andy Deck

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