The Deadlift Setup versus the Clean Setup
Written by Nuno Costa
The most common error in setup between these two movements is the position of the hips and shoulders. On a Deadlift, the hips should be sandwiched between the knees and shoulders; meaning that they are lower than the shoulders and higher than the knees if you are looking from a profile position (left photo above).
It’s going to look slightly different for everyone based on their anatomy (lever length) but a good rule of thumb is to make sure that the hips are higher than the knees, which sets athletes up to lift heavier loads by providing the most musculature for the demands of the lift.
In the following video, we cover a couple of fixes for this fault – pushing the knees back or raising the hips will have similar results and some athletes will respond better to some fixes over others.