Deadlifts are KILLING Your Gains (OH SH*T!)

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The deadlift is one of the most fundamental exercises you can include in any strength program, but is it killing your gains? In this video, I react to the recent interview Robert Oberst did with Joe Rogan on the JRE podcast in which the world champion strongman stated that unless you were a competitive deadlifted, you should avoid the movement all together in your workouts because the risk reward ratio is not worth the potential injury particularly if you are a professional athlete.
I think it’s fair to start by saying that I have been known to bury a few bad exercises in my iron graveyard. Specifically, I believe that the upright row and behind the neck shoulder press are two of the worst exercises you could ever include in your workouts and should be avoided at all costs. Not only are they highly likely to lead to injury but there are superior alternatives that nullify even doing them in the first place.
That said, the deadlift is not one of those exercises that I would suggest not doing. I believe it is one of the most fundamental movement patterns for not just our training plans but for every day life. The need to perform it correctly however is magnified due to the fact that the loads capable of being lifted on this exercise exceed what may be able to be done on any other single exercise.
I do think it’s helpful to apply some context to what Robert is saying however. He is coming from an experience set that demanded he lift as much as he possibly could in order to win whatever competition he was competing in. The difference between first and second place could come down to lifting a weight or not. If a compromise in form was needed to do that, so be it. The end result however was that along with some titles came some unwanted body breakdown that could lead to regrets down the road.
The comments made about the reality of pro sports weight rooms are very true. I can tell you having spent a great deal of time in professional sports training athletes that these guys are not often the best lifters. They got to where they are because of their incredible innate talents and physical gifts. Often times, they learned poor lifting technique at an early age and their ability to compensate through it makes it difficult to spot as they make their way up through college and to the pros.
Forcing these athletes to perform lifts that are supposed to be good for them when their bodies may not be prepared for them properly, could lead to repercussions that could cost them their careers and the purpose of why they are where they are in the first place. This is especially true when you realize that there are other exercises like the power clean and hang clean that can give a training effect with fewer side effects if they are dealing with deadlifting limitations.
This all underscores the importance of redefining what strength really is. It is not simply adding more and more plates to the ends of the bar. Instead, it is realizing that strength is founded on stability. The ability to keep your body free from compensation and lift a weight as mechanically intended without subjecting areas of the body to stresses they shouldn’t normally incur. This doesn’t always manifest itself as blatantly bad form. As discussed in the video, it can be a lot less obvious.
The bottom line is, the deadlift is an important exercise that I believe should not be avoided. It should be learned and learned early however. If you’re looking for programs that teach you how to do this important lift the right way and program it into our day by day workout programs, be sure to click the link below and pick out the ATHLEAN-X program that best suits your specific goals.
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  • jarrett maltry

    jarrett maltry

    Il y a 2 jours

    ATHLEAN-X™ get on JRE

  • Manny More

    Manny More

    Il y a 4 jours

    Im 2 days behind! Can i still play

  • biffbird121


    Il y a 4 jours

    Ready to change my life and body mind is ready just need direction. Hope all is well with everyone.

  • Reality Check

    Reality Check

    Il y a 5 jours

    😂😂😂 I came to try but seriously ANY workout program to burn muscle and fat will do, seriously. It’s never the program it’s the person

  • Movie Clips

    Movie Clips

    Il y a 5 jours

    Joe will have him on. I actually learned a great shoulder exercise from this dude. Thankful man! Gains happened.

  • arrrrrghimapirate


    Il y a 9 minutes

    I laughed so hard when Oberst said that. I was a D1 sprinter once upon a time and had to do tons of deadlifts, trap bar and DOH mostly. It’s a great explosive and overall body reinforcing movement.

  • Sarthak Pathak

    Sarthak Pathak

    Il y a 26 minutes

    Back here on athleanx after sometime so good to see you jeff.

  • Thomas Paiva

    Thomas Paiva

    Il y a 52 minutes

    Damn jeff I love the behibd the shoulder press. I usually only do between a 30-60 lb ez bar though. I feel you just have to take it light but you are the pro lol

  • Howard Alien

    Howard Alien

    Il y a heure

    Living is killing your gains

  • Luis Velador

    Luis Velador

    Il y a heure

    Me taking a shit Jeff cavalry: stop taking chits! Its killing your gains

  • Chcolate Addict

    Chcolate Addict

    Il y a 2 heures

    My max was 242 lbs. I was doing it 4 reps 10 but I decided to quit because it’s not healthy for spine. There was always pain at least for a day after doing this exercise.

  • Zen


    Il y a 3 heures

    At the end of the day: You do not need to do deadlifts.

  • Len J

    Len J

    Il y a 6 heures

    He’s absolutely right. A great video

  • Denny Egerland

    Denny Egerland

    Il y a 7 heures

    Hey Jeff, what are your thoughts on Convict Conditioning?

  • r011ing_thunder


    Il y a 9 heures

    NExt Video: _B R E A T H I N G_ is *KILLING* your gains! (WHAT THE FUCK!)

  • Krom1hell


    Il y a 10 heures

    I think he's somewhat of a "tool" for saying that.....I just wonder how can somebody clean, without being able to deadlift..... Might have missed something.... but then, he's a professional.

  • kennyffx


    Il y a 12 heures

    Next week vid: deadlift is the best exercise u can do.

  • Elija Suiters

    Elija Suiters

    Il y a 12 heures

    The real takeaway here is that Jeff likes Joe Rogan.

  • Plagues Inhale the

    Plagues Inhale the

    Il y a 15 heures

    Wish i can send this guy pictures of my health body im 25 and im going to doctors but cant find whats wrong ...ive done a ct scan blood work xray on bones ...but im heading to a neurological office 25 and i got a issue like something on my left side shot to the left like a nerve or muscle or tendon or something...i cant run deadlift bench any exercise i have to adjust my way of life movements ...i could use a really good physical therapist help ...

  • Jonathan Anyaegbuna

    Jonathan Anyaegbuna

    Il y a 15 heures

    STOP BREATHING, It’s killing your gains.

  • Jay White

    Jay White

    Il y a 17 heures

    I agree with what Robert Oberst stated. I push myself when training but there is a limit to what kind of risk I will take. Deadlift is a great exercise that works multiple muscle groups. However, too many guys want to lift the gym and don't understand the neurological stress that deadlifts cause on the body. If you are not mindful of that, your body will break down. Go find a healthy professional bodybuilder who isn't suffering from the effects of lifting heavy every day and stressing the body. The popular bodybuilders get paid well but most of them did it for little or no compensation. The point is: PRs are great but if no one is giving you a bag to lift that much and you're doing it for gym glory, you should at least think about later in life. More reps of a moderate weight can still make you stronger. The best competitive deadlifters don't lift heavy until a competition comes.

  • Steve Huang

    Steve Huang

    Il y a 17 heures

    main point is doing it properly.

  • Footy Hilights

    Footy Hilights

    Il y a 18 heures

    I’m only here for the comments 😂😂

  • Dakota Sonney

    Dakota Sonney

    Il y a 19 heures

    I still do not understand how anyone can say in a general statement that a power clean is safer then a deadlift. PLEASE! can someone make any sense of that?

  • Piotrek F

    Piotrek F

    Il y a 20 heures

    if your purpose if better look and not strength then deadlift are risky waste of time

  • J. Rambo

    J. Rambo

    Il y a 20 heures

    Deadlift is trash it was made to impress girls and hurt people

  • MegaJonathan53


    Il y a 20 heures

    What about stiff deadlift?

  • Paul Swanepoel

    Paul Swanepoel

    Il y a 21 heure

    Thank you for clearing up this point up. Helpful indeed.

  • cooltroop2


    Il y a 21 heure

    We're lucky to have Jeff

  • Mulo Motivation

    Mulo Motivation

    Il y a 21 heure

    this video really caught my attention

  • Mulo Motivation

    Mulo Motivation

    Il y a 21 heure

    this video really caught my attention

  • MrTrenttness


    Il y a 22 heures


  • Norm Durkin

    Norm Durkin

    Il y a 22 heures

    as a LMT, CST I can tell you if you compress your spine deadlifting you will have problems... deadlifting requires a lot of stretching afterwards to reduce compression... but you will compress your spine liking running on hard surfaces.. it not just about risk.. if you compress your spine your muscles will tighten up around your spine until your so tight and sore you can hardly move.. he doesn't mention specifically what are stability muscles are like Iliopsoas.. you don't need to deadlift to strengthen core muscles that's absurd..

  • shaun Thuemling

    shaun Thuemling

    Il y a 22 heures

    Jeff I'm a over the road truck driver what program would you recommend for me to get

  • Gx0d Bxy

    Gx0d Bxy

    Il y a 22 heures

    I’m in a bulk and I don’t know how to get out of it 😂

  • James Morley

    James Morley

    Il y a jour

    Thumbs up for Jeff to max out on deadlift!

  • James Morley

    James Morley

    Il y a jour

    "You have no reason to be alive, if you can not do deadlift!"

  • Abdul Shahid

    Abdul Shahid

    Il y a jour

    You can get pretty strong without deadlift, period.

  • Jonah ware

    Jonah ware

    Il y a jour

    I swear I thought he was going to tell us deadlifts are bad and not to do them

  • Ki Be

    Ki Be

    Il y a jour


  • Adam Gentile

    Adam Gentile

    Il y a jour

    That's why I will always love the old school bodybuilders, the old school diets (where they basically ate normal), and the old school way of lifting. This new age of exercising/lifting has been become so over analyzed. Like the great Dave Drapper has said, lifting is easy, keep it that way. You don't have deadlilft a 1000lbs.

  • Arttisan


    Il y a jour

    Posts a workout video on FRdownload. Next Video: “ITS KILLING YOUR GAINS!!” So stupid.

  • Kero


    Il y a jour


  • Chip Kempston

    Chip Kempston

    Il y a jour

    When I saw that video I immediately thought, "Jeff is going to make a video on this." LOL

  • broddegotshrooms


    Il y a jour

    It’d be pretty cool if Joe got Jeff on the podcast

  • Евгений Соколов

    Евгений Соколов

    Il y a jour

    Can deadlifts replace a dead pull or Roman, but not to take the floor and stand!!! Thanks Jeff!

  • Евгений Соколов

    Евгений Соколов

    Il y a jour

    Можно прекрасно становую тягу заменить мёртвой тягой или римской, но брать не с пола, а с подставки!!! Спасибо Джефф!

  • WittenCityChilla


    Il y a jour

    Jeff on JRE make it Happen

  • Tanay


    Il y a jour

    Next video - Exercise is killing your gains.

  • Thomas Matchen

    Thomas Matchen

    Il y a jour

    Just gotta say how much I appreciate the in-depth descriptions!

  • master piece

    master piece

    Il y a jour

    Yea my grave yard full pf superhuman bodyweight exercises like superman pushup or reversed from lever those are stupid movements that i am able to do and i still can but to dangerous and this are not natural movements for the body

  • facethief


    Il y a jour

    I literally had an argument with my mom today when she mentioned this clip, as i was on my way to deadlift.

  • Colin Kerr

    Colin Kerr

    Il y a jour

    form is everything. It's just not sexy.

  • Alan Kusparmakov

    Alan Kusparmakov

    Il y a jour

    Well duh, it's called dead lift for a reason

  • Patrick S

    Patrick S

    Il y a jour

    Thank you for your reply. As you said context is important. Great response!



    Il y a jour

    Can you please go on Joe Rogan show

  • Alejandro Sanchez

    Alejandro Sanchez

    Il y a jour

    This is beyond retarded. Recruits a lot of muscle fibers. And it saves my bad when it almost got paralyzed from football

  • Daniel Miolan

    Daniel Miolan

    Il y a jour

    Feel like Jeff is my dad lecturing me for even questioning the deadlifting exercise

  • Roper122


    Il y a jour

    Funny stuff Responding to someone who makes blanket statement about an exercise, he starts out by making a blanket statement about some exercises. Irony meter is exploding

  • Machine Freak

    Machine Freak

    Il y a jour

    Deadlift = not cardio ill keep it then... are you huge no... robert obesrt is soooo ill take is advice as a professional athlete...

  • Kyle Stanton

    Kyle Stanton

    Il y a jour

    Get on Joe's podcast Jeff!!!

  • Clinton Bruning DPT, ATC

    Clinton Bruning DPT, ATC

    Il y a jour

    Damn this channel is massive now. I have been subscribed since he was below 100k.... definitely well deserved. Jeff works his ass off.

  • ThePreppersBunkerOutdoors


    Il y a jour

    Excellent vid

  • Michael Lopez

    Michael Lopez

    Il y a jour

    Jeff addresses this, basically, but IMO the biggest problem with deadlifts is that, even more than lifts like bench, or even squats, you are more likely to hit your best deadlift numbers with poor form. This is because your lower back muscles, traps, grip, and quads will tend to be strong enough to move a weight that will curve your spine. At a high level, that doesn't seem to happen as much with PRs in the other major lifts as it does with deadlifts. That's not to say that walking out a heavy squat isn't just as dangerous, but, though the squat can still injure you if you have perfect form, you're less likely to hit your best squat with "bad" form, compared to the deadlift. With a squat or bench if your form breaks down, you tend to just miss the lift--there isn't as much room to grind it out with broken form. If more gyms had proper glute-ham and back extension apparatus, rather than just the 45 degree ones, there would be more readily available, effective, but alternatives to the deadlift for effectively developing spinal erectors. Unfortunately, that's isn't the case.

  • Jesus Is Everything

    Jesus Is Everything

    Il y a jour

    Some doors say 'push' , some doors say 'pull' , Jeff's doors say 'face pull'

  • Mark Richardson

    Mark Richardson

    Il y a jour

    I want to be Jeff's son.

  • Matt Costis

    Matt Costis

    Il y a jour

    you say to leave ego at gym"s door.

  • Djdmd Mdmd

    Djdmd Mdmd

    Il y a jour

    4:52 Is he talking about college or pro athletes?

  • Djdmd Mdmd

    Djdmd Mdmd

    Il y a 14 heures

    No i was joking about college athletes being paid

  • Mark Richardson

    Mark Richardson

    Il y a jour


  • Tim Ebert

    Tim Ebert

    Il y a jour

    Please physical therapy for Achilles tendinitis please, I need this badly for my wife. She is in incredible pain! It is due to the calf muscle being to tight. Is there anything I can do to massage her? Could a TENS unit be helpful? Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Please help

  • Mind Body Whole

    Mind Body Whole

    Il y a jour

    Jeff defending the deadlift like someone had attacked his first born child(ren)

  • Pale Zeus

    Pale Zeus

    Il y a jour

    I don't dead lift ⚡🐐⚡

  • abbas a

    abbas a

    Il y a jour

    Il take Roberts word for it, if the Pro's aint doin in then your just a random subjective FRdownloadr sorry dude

  • jahon206


    Il y a jour

    Me: Walks into a gym for the first time. Jeff busting out of an artic blue Gatorade from the vending machine, screaming into my ear: How WALKING into a GYM is KILLING you GAINZ (OH SH!T)

  • Charlu Go

    Charlu Go

    Il y a jour

    great content as usual, I'm happy that an experimented professionnal as yourself confirms me that I can continue deadlifting from time to time without being afraid to break my back (I have a good form I think ;) )