Avoid Hip Pain In Your Deadlift With This Alternative

Updated: Apr 14

Have you ever felt that pinch in the top of your hip when trying to do conventional deadlifts? It’s like the lower you try to get your hips, the more painful it gets.

This is caused by a hip mobility issue that’s pretty common where there’s weakness in hip flexion and internal rotation.

While you work on that hip mobility, you can use today’s coaching where I’m going to show you an alternative to conventional deadlifts that you can do so you can keep training and making progress without having to take time off.

Before we dive in I did want to mention the free mobility tools I’ve put together in the link below that will help you pinpoint where your hip pain is coming from so you can eliminate it and get back to crushing those deadlifts off of the floor again.


Today we’re going to swallow our pride and deadlift from a higher platform, also known as rack pulls or deadlifts off of blocks.

The goal is to eliminate how much hip flexion and internal rotation of the hip that’s required for pulling off of the floor.

Trust me, I know it’s tempting to just deal with the hip pinch so you can keep deadlifting from the floor but what will end up happening is you’ll make your hip problem worse and eventually won’t be able to deadlift at all.

This is a great alternative to keep training and make gains from the deadlift while you work on your hip mobility. I’ll show you how to properly determine the height of your deadlift and how to do this without the pinch.

Click "play" on the video above and let's get after it!


Matt is a Strength and Mobility Coach with over 15 years experience in his field and has coached over a thousand professional, collegiate and everyday athletes with the goal to help them move, feel and perform at their highest level. He's incredibly passionate about bringing simple and effective online mobility training programs to everyone who wants to take control of their self care and make lasting change. CLICK HERE to learn more.


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  • Level 1: Institute of Motion Health Coach

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