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lawstudent
05-24-2006, 04:29 PM
I've finally given up the school gym for LA Fitness. Yesterday, I saw a guy standing on a flat bench and doing a CDL. Good idea or not?

PowerManDL
05-24-2006, 04:30 PM
Hell no.

lawstudent
05-24-2006, 04:33 PM
Originally posted by PowerManDL@May 24 2006, 11:30 AM
Hell no.
Well, I was afraid I'd fall off if I tried. Thanks for the answer.

Sarah
05-24-2006, 04:43 PM
I have this image of me falling face first into the floor. Doesn't seem like a good idea.

janey
05-24-2006, 05:13 PM
I can't even imagine how it's possible. :scratch:

Blondell
05-24-2006, 05:29 PM
I use a step, but don't think using a bench is wise. What if he were to lose his balance?

smuggie
05-24-2006, 05:30 PM
DLing off a bench is one of the stupidest ideas I've ever heard. :funny:

smuggie
05-24-2006, 05:31 PM
Originally posted by bdd814@May 24 2006, 01:29 PM
I use a step, but don't think using a bench is wise. What if he were to lose his balance?
You can't do CDLs off a step. How is the bar supposed to touch the floor?

janey
05-24-2006, 05:33 PM
Originally posted by smuggie@May 24 2006, 12:31 PM
You can't do CDLs off a step. How is the bar supposed to touch the floor?
Not to mention, the bar should be at least as high as a set of 45's when you start.

Blondell
05-24-2006, 05:40 PM
Originally posted by smuggie@May 24 2006, 01:31 PM
You can't do CDLs off a step. How is the bar supposed to touch the floor?
Actually, I often get the two confused. I guess what I've been doing are RDL's and I use the step it allows me to dig a bit deeper than I can without the step.

PowerManDL
05-24-2006, 05:48 PM
Originally posted by smuggie@May 24 2006, 01:31 PM
You can't do CDLs off a step. How is the bar supposed to touch the floor?
If it's only a couple of inches, it works fine.

Blondell
05-24-2006, 05:51 PM
Originally posted by PowerManDL@May 24 2006, 01:48 PM
If it's only a couple of inches, it works fine.
I use the step and 1-2 risers. It's not high; just enough that I can dig deeper, ya know.

PowerManDL
05-24-2006, 05:53 PM
If you're doing SLDLs that's ok. I personally don't do those, because I hate them and prefer RDLs if I'm doing that sort of work anyway. RDLs don't take the bar much lower than the knees.

For a DL off the floor, using 1-2 inches of platform can help with the start of the pull.

Blondell
05-24-2006, 05:54 PM
I just like being able to go lower. I feel it more that way.

nikegurl
05-24-2006, 10:02 PM
is there ever a good reason to use rack pulls (with the pins set a few inches below your knees in the power rack) instead of cdls?

b/c i'm not so sure the fact that i like them is a "good reason" :p

PowerManDL
05-24-2006, 10:03 PM
I use them a lot for back/trap development, and to strengthen a weak lockout (though I find that's rarely my weakness).

Robben
05-25-2006, 02:25 AM
Originally posted by smuggie@May 24 2006, 12:30 PM
DLing off a bench is one of the stupidest ideas I've ever heard. :funny:
Stiff Legged Deadlifts done off a bench have a place and purpose. However, if your going to try them off the bench make sure you can control the weight, control the movement when doing the exercise.. :love:

smuggie
05-25-2006, 02:26 AM
Originally posted by Robben@May 24 2006, 10:25 PM
Stiff Legged Deadlifts done off a bench have a place and purpose. However, if your going to try them off the bench make sure you can control the weight, control the movement when doing the exercise.. :love:
I was referring to CDLs.

jaleena
05-26-2006, 03:14 AM
Nike, I've been doing pin pulls to help my lockout for the last 6-ish weeks. Could tell last time I pulled from the floor that it had smoothed things out a lot...which probably means I'm going to rotate them out soon, and do more floor work for a while. Also, I think they help with grip, as you're using more weight, and with the mental part of the lift, for the same reason...just getting used to thinking in terms of more weight is helpful.