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    Yesterday I was going for a PR in the deadlift and I was able to pull it all the way above my knees, but couldn't pull my shoulders back to finish the lift. What are some form tips or assistance exercises I could use to finish strong up top?
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    Quote Originally Posted by herderdude
    Yesterday I was going for a PR in the deadlift and I was able to pull it all the way above my knees, but couldn't pull my shoulders back to finish the lift. What are some form tips or assistance exercises I could use to finish strong up top?
    Rack pulls would help you develop the top of the motion where you're struggling
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    It's weird, I rack pull more than I deadlift, even though I fail up top. Is that normal, or am I doing them wrong? I could always just rack pull heavier.
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    Quote Originally Posted by herderdude View Post
    Yesterday I was going for a PR in the deadlift and I was able to pull it all the way above my knees, but couldn't pull my shoulders back to finish the lift. What are some form tips or assistance exercises I could use to finish strong up top?
    Im assuming you pull conventional as opposed to sumo. Conventional pulls usually hit that wall right about where your saying. Im generally about the same as you, if i'm going to get stuck its right around the knees. Fast and smooth off the floor slowing down toward the lockout.You could try rack pulls, good mornings, band deads, hip thrusts, plyometric exercises that involves extension at the hips, back extensions, etc. Build up your entire posterior chain and make sure those abdominals are solid. There was also an article recently on the AM news feed that outlined some deadlifting tips if your interested. Also a quick little edge comes from putting baby powder on your knees and thighs helps that bar slide right up just be sure to get it all off your hands or your grip will slip. Good luck and smash that PR next time around!
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    Strengthen your upper back with Kroc rows and seated good mornings.
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    Quote Originally Posted by herderdude
    It's weird, I rack pull more than I deadlift, even though I fail up top. Is that normal, or am I doing them wrong? I could always just rack pull heavier.
    Yes, you're pulling at a smaller range of motion. Not abnormal at all
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    Increase your back strength (mainly your lats)
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    Thanks, guys. I'm gonna give that PR a run next week since I'm enjoying some exogenous hormonal assistance (Epistane), but I'll definitely include the assistance tips to keep setting records. I'ma make a quarter ton my b*tch!
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    Quote Originally Posted by herderdude
    Thanks, guys. I'm gonna give that PR a run next week since I'm enjoying some exogenous hormonal assistance (Epistane), but I'll definitely include the assistance tips to keep setting records. I'ma make a quarter ton my b*tch!
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    As Rodja mentioned, strengthen your upper back muscles. I am a huge fan of seated good mornings, rounded back goodmornings (start with a very rounded back, and arch your back to the fully arched position), and face pulls.
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    Also, I'm a huge fan of rack pulls. However, you should always set up rack pulls so that when the bar rests on the pins it is below your knees. I also find this a great time to sometimes use a snatch grip.
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