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Deadlifting With Richard Hawthorne

In today’s world where training articles are published each day, it is often difficult to distinguish between who is legit and who is a marketing creation. Many of today’s so-called trainers are nothing but desk jocks who live behind the computer and publish articles to the web. Unfortunately for them, real world experience cannot be downloaded or acquired through a weekend certification. As a result, it is no surprise that so many beginners become confused by what is often conflicting information. One so-called expert says one thing, while another says the opposite. The beginner is left with his head spinning, unsure of where to turn.

Therefore, when an accomplished athlete or coach is willing to share knowledge, it is a good idea to listen. A classic example can be found below. Within the video, you will see Richard Hawthorne share his thoughts regarding an exercise that he has mastered. He is truly a deadlifting machine. He has pulled over 600 pounds at a bodyweight of approximately 130 pounds. And while deadlifting may be his specialty, Richard is all around strong.

As for examples, you can see him pull 639.4 pounds below.

And while the keyboard warriors may cry that Richard is built for the exercise, no one pulls over 600 pounds at his bodyweight without a tremendous amount of hard work and consistency. Richard Hawthorne has clearly worked extremely hard and is quite knowledgeable about strength development. Whether you follow all of his advice or not, you can certainly benefit from his example and learn from his experience.

For those interested, you can find additional videos from Richard at the following link:

Richard Hawthorne – Youtube Channel

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As I grow older I pay less attention to what men say. I just watch what they do. – Andrew Carnegie

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9 Comments so far

  1. Danny February 20th, 2014 10:56 am

    His description at about 7:30 using A,B, and C as reference points for the body is great!!! Thanks for this.

  2. Crazy Dane February 20th, 2014 11:06 am

    With this very detailed tutorial video from Richard, bodybuilding for beginners now becomes a bit easier. But what’s more inspiring is his weight and body built. He never fails to surprise his followers. He is definitely a living testament that proves deadlift is not really being massive overnight. It’s about understanding what to do and following it religiously.

  3. Eric February 20th, 2014 1:47 pm

    Having a certain body type does matter in the 3 powerlifts but just having long arms/torso with relatively short legs doesn’t guarantee a 640lb deadlift, especially when you weigh 130lbs. That’s nearly 5 times bodyweight for this lifter. While the squat and bench press records of yesteryear have been shattered by hundreds of pounds, thanks to all the supportive gear, the deadlift has had more moderate increases. I guess there really isn’t much artifical aids that can help the deadlift like the other lifts. I guess especially nowadays, the deadlift is really the true test of raw strength.

  4. Dan February 20th, 2014 1:50 pm

    Thanks for posting this Ross, I might not have seen it otherwise.
    Yes, he is built for deads, but even when you’re built for it 3 times bodyweight is strong, he did 4.9 times bw. The standard for an elite level deadlift at that bodyweight is 440.
    Awesome!!

  5. Chris February 20th, 2014 6:31 pm

    This guy is fucking legit! I’ve never heard of him but will definitely be checking out his other videos. I’ve also never seen such a detailed tutorial of the dead lift, but then again I’m not an avid dead lifter lol. Thanks for sharing

  6. Mark February 20th, 2014 8:47 pm

    That was fantastic! I love deadlifting — and have a herniated L5-S1, so I’m quite meticulous about my form, but I still picked up plenty. I particularly enjoyed his distinction between explosion and drive (or dynamite and dynamo).

  7. Jon Clingenpeel February 21st, 2014 1:36 am

    Thanks for posting it. I’ve been away from deadliest for years now and have just gotten back into them. I did get a few key stuff I’ll throw in my next training session. Thanks

  8. Stan Martin February 21st, 2014 1:29 pm

    Very interesting. I’ve been working on improving my deadlift the last two months. I’ve made some progress but my numbers are absolutely embarrassing compared to his. But as Ross teaches, you’ve got to stick with it.

  9. Brian February 25th, 2014 1:37 am

    Richard was super knowledgeably-I’d have to say that’s the best deadlift technique video Ive personally ever viewed.

    If he is as clean, and criso on technique with other lifts-Richard if you’re reading this-do some videos on the clean and press, squat, military press, and barbell rows.

    I could give a rats ass about the bench press myself as I have a phobia from straining a delt pec tie in and I think the abs, bench, bicep curl gym mirror posing contest crowd are morons. Ill stick to mty combat sports roots in sprints, punch out drills, squats, deadlifts, and clean and press for 3d practicality.

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