Deadlifts: Touch and Go VS. Dead Stop

 

I got a few questions from my  Be More group on who and when touch and go deadlifts should be utilized. Here's my take:

  • Both styles have distinct benefits and support different goals.
  • Dead stop is better for REFINING your SKILL to increase your maximal DL strength.
  • TnG can be more beneficial for hypertrophy (muscle growth) and grip strength through greater time under tension, however this increases the possibility of losing tightness or breakdown of form.
  • Dead stop better prepares you for max singles, especially if performed with a full reset.

Watch my video going over the right time to use touch and go, and the right time to fully stop, or reset your deadlift.

DEPENDS ON:
Your needs as an athlete. Where you are in training block/macrocycle. Where you are in your lifting career.

WHO SHOULD DO FULL RESETS?

  • Newer lifters still perfecting form and building consistency.
  • Powerlifters in meet prep phases of their training (building specificity by pulling from a dead stop).

WHO SHOULD DO TOUCH N GO.

  • Lifters who fully have TECHNIQUE down with 100% consistency.
  • Experienced powerlifters in hypertrophy or volume/accumulation blocks of training, prioritizing muscle growth and work capacity through increased time under tension.

What do you think? Do you complete full-stop or touch and go deadlifts and why? Join the conversation and let me know what you think.

-Meg