Why Do Lifters Shake the Weight Before They Deadlift?

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This question came through on reditt:

[QUESTION] Why does Dan Green and other powerlifters shake the weight before they deadlift in sumo stance?


The simple answer is to pull the slack out of the bar.

This is better explained in our free Deadlift Manual

Pull The Slack

The first thing to do after the setup is to pull the slack out of the bar. Reach down and grab a loaded barbell. Hear that clicking sound? That’s the sleeve of the barbell connecting with the collars. You want to remove that play before you initiate your pull. That’s what guys mean when they say to pull the slack out of the bar. Doing this initial “pre-pull” allows the hips to drop down slightly. Although this step is subtle, if skipped, the hips will slide out of position once you really start to pull, which is when the weights break from the floor.

Source: Deconstructing the Deadlift



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