I have to admit I used to do this.
I mean you can lift the same weight and get way more reps by doing a touch and go deadlift.
Basically if you can get that first rep you can more than likely get another 3-4 or more reps so this has to be a good thing right?
What Is A Touch & Go Deadlift?
A touch and go deadlift is when after the first rep when you lower to the ground you slightly touch or bounce the rep off the ground to get more reps.
You see this done in Crossfit competitions a lot.
When you do a deadlift it starts from a dead weight position. Unlike a squat or a bench press where the lift starts with a lowering (eccentric) the deadlift starts with a concentric. There is no eccentric on your first lift, it starts dead, there is no movement.
Pros Of Touch & Go Deadlifts
– You Gan Get More Reps
– Improved Lock Out Power
– Improved TUT Time Under Tension (good for building muscle)
Cons Of Touch & Go Deadlifts
– Higher Risk Of Injury (This is important)
– Not A True Deadlift (Every first rep starts dead)
– Not Useful In Any Competition (Except Crossfit & Sometimes StrongMan)
Rob’s Thoughts : While I think touch and go deadlifts (like everything in the gym) can have a purpose, I think most people abuse this type of deadlift to appease ego more than actual progress.
For BodyBuilding and Crossfit it does have a purpose. If you are a PowerLifter I don’t see any real point except for increasing your chances of getting hurt. Leave your ego at the door and always train hard and smart.
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