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The deadlift


Randomguy

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13 minutes ago, Randomguy said:

I read that this was named in old Roman empire times, and that new soldiers were tasked with picking up the dead to accustom them to the sights and smells of battle.

That's stupid.

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A more likely scenario is that strength training developed for various reasons of survival and/or sport, and the movement was similar enough to casualty care during combat to name it the Deadlift.  Plus, the weight on the ground is at a dead stop and is performed with “dead arms,” or no motion in the elbow.

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