Rotating Deadlift

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Learn how to do the rotating deadlift in this video. This move is also known as the hockey deadlift. This is a great way to train and strengthen your spine in movements that it is generally weak in.

Some “spine experts” say you should never bend and rotate the spine at the same time, that it will cripple you. I say you should train areas your body is weak in to make your weak links stronger.

Start the rotating deadlift with a light weight. Even skip the barbell and use something like a kettlebell. The move can more of a twisting deadlift, or deadlift to the side then twist.

For more details on my deadlift training check out this free audio download.

Another great way to build this sort of strength is with odd objects. Check out these videos of Steve Justa and Bud Jeffries moving around barrels and concrete.

Barrel Lifting videos

Concrete lifting video


  1. Hey Logan,

    Thanks for the video!! I asked about the rotating dead lift not too long ago, I wanted to use it for helping my suitcase dead lift, thank you for your ideas / input.

    I agree with your perspective about the body being capable of moving loads if the body can get into a certain position to begin with. Of course the load to begin with will be small comparatively if that motion or position is untrained.

    Thanks again,

  2. In the past i did a lot of diagonal shouldering with a sandbag. Here the bag is outside your legs; you hinge back grab the bag and shoulder to the opposite side. This is good for training stabilisation. Josh Henkin also teaches rotation, where the feet move. That is, one foot rotates so that the toes points to the mid foot of the other leg. The object you are lifting would be on the outside of the stable foot. Here a good exercise would be shoveling.



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