The MOST Common Deadlift Mistake Women Make (And How to Fix It)

I chose this as the feature picture — not because she has good technique — but because she’s making the same deadlift mistake I outline in today’s video. 

She’s actually making several mistakes (shoulders way too far back, hips too low, forgot to put on clothes before going to the gym, etc) but those are topics for a different day.

Today we’re focusing on one mistake. A big one. Arguably the most common deadlifting mistake I see among women — even advanced — lifters.

I’ll explain everything in the video so make sure you watch it from start to finish (don’t skip around or I promise you’ll miss a big piece of the puzzle) but this mistake, if not addressed, will dramatically increase your risk of lower back pain/injury and definitively keep you from hitting big personal records. 

It’s a simple fix in theory but, practically, it’s harder to ‘stick.’ So pay attention. Listen closely. And watch the video the whole way through. 

If you have any questions post ’em in the comments section and I’ll get back to you as soon as possible.

The MOST Common Deadlift Mistake Women Make (And How to Fix It) 

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  • Tom Mcdonald

    Hi Jordan, great video, you say her shoulders are way to far back but she looks like they are over the bar, where would you see them placed with her ?


    Tom McDonald

    • Hey Tom–

      Thanks! Much appreciated, man 🙂

      So I’m not a huge fan of “shoulders directly over the bar.” I actually prefer them to be slightly more forward. Especially because, if you look, the only reason hers are directly over the bar is because she’s arching her lower back to get to that position.

      So, I’d rather see her get higher hips, more “neutral” low back, and that would put her shoulders slightly in front. Not drastically. But slightly. Then from there I guarantee it’d be a stronger, safer position.

      Make sense?

  • This is interesting. I have been learning deadlifts. My muscles have just begun to activate to the place where I can specifically feel them. I can’t feel it all the time. Ribs down is helpful.

  • Shane Mclean

    I thought you just choose the picture cause she was hot. Nice work Jordan, great advice.

  • Christine Antonio

    Thank you sooooo much for all your articles and videos. I’m a Personal Trainer and I love your passion and the fact that you want to spread your knowledge .Correct form is so important and I find your tips excellent . So once again , Thank You

  • Salud Nickann Yoro

    Can i post a pic of my starting position to see if im doing it properly? Thank you in advance

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