Lifting a huge weight off the ground requires a ton of different muscles to work in sync. When you get your form right, you’ll be able to lift more weight and protect yourself (somewhat) from injury. This tip helps to wake up all the right muscles for a strong deadlift.
If you’re starting with the bar, be sure to rest it on some plates or boxes to get it off the ground so you can better master the form (when the bar is in the 45lb plate, it will be a good 8” off the ground). As you start to add weight, check to see if your gym has the bumper plates – they’ll be 10, 15, 20, 25, and/or 35lb plates that are the same size as the 45lb plates, so the bar will be at the proper height.