Steve, sounds like a plan. I totally agree about a shift towards neutral/flat as being relatively innocuous, but only in highly trained individuals who have an awareness of the degree of difference between this position and one that could be potentially harmful. Before somebody reaches that point, I feel it more-responsible to stop them short of their "potential" for the sake of reinforcing the most-safe form I can possibly teach them.
You know, I also happened to think, perhaps even if a deadlift performed with a lighter weight isn't necessarily an exact demonstration of the form that will be present with higher loads, if one strives for this form while lifting heavier weights they will be less likely to injure themselves. That is, if you shoot for neutral lower back, chest up, shoulders back, your musculature will function more effectively as a support structure. Just a thought.
Last edited by Jesse Woody; 02-09-2007 at 08:33 AM.
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