A couple of Saturday’s ago I went along to The Strong Room (Aka CrossFit Chadstone) for a Deadlift Workshop. The workshop was taught by Head Coach, Murray Ballenden who has a string of qualifications to his name including a Diploma Of Sports Development (ACSD), Crossfit Level 1 coach and NCAS (AWF) Sport Coach Level 1 among others.
I honestly didn’t think there was much to deadlifting, but boy was I wrong!
Before turning up for the two and a half hour session, I was sent a welcome email and PDF document outlining what we’d be going through during the workshop. The workshop is extremely hands on, with most of the discussion involving detailed demonstrations, walk through’s with other participants and thoughtful discussion. Throughout the two hours the 12 of us participating we supervised by two instructors ensuring we were using correct form (and listening to cues) and given enough time to test movements, check form and increase weight if we felt comfortable.
The workshop covers:
- Conventional Deadlift and Sumo Deadlift.
- Normal vs high hip positions.
- When/if a rounded back can help and how to use it.
- Understand why you miss/lose form and how to pick exercises to help support your deadlift.
- Advanced applications, regressions, and corrective exercises.
- Programming concepts and principles.
Not only did the workshop cover the above but lifting techniques in general, breathing exercises, accessory work to support and improve deadlifting as well as the philosophy and thoughts behind ‘lifting with intent’ and olympic lifting in general. For an idea of what the workshop looks like, check out the video below:
For more information about CrossFit Chadstone or their workshops visit their website, thestrongroom.com.au
// Ali from North of Here was invited along to The Strong Room to participate in the Deadlift Workshop. All thoughts above are my own.