Awesome T-Nation article on why the Deadlift is not the ultimate strength exercise, is not a measure of strength, is not functional, and only "the cool kids are doing it", and peer-pressuring others into doing it.
T NATION | The Deadlift? Who Needs It?
I think the biggest reason not to do the exercises the author suggests are clearly highlighted by the video included in the article:
This guy can barely keep his balance on any one of these exercises.
Well, I guess I can either begin practicing my banded zercher good mornings for when they are included in powerlifting, or maybe I can buy one of the sandbag implements that the Author sells. I'm sure a heavy sandbag is better to deadlift, GM, and snatch.
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