When doing deadlifts why do some people drop the barbell?

Funny you should ask.

This question undoubtedly already has a whole waiting line of sober answers strewn pellmell across the Netosphere.

After spending a good portion of my life in The Church of the Pumping Iron, here’s my view:

  1. Because competitive powerlifters do it.
  2. Because YouTube influencers do it.
  3. Because every Tom, Dick, Harry & little Johnny do it and often in the gym, it’s Monkey See, Monkey Do.
  4. Because of a misunderstanding of the biomechanical value of eccentric movements and negative repetitions.
  5. Because it’s a commonly known fact that lowering a weighted bar in a well-controlled fashion, utilizing good form is how The Great Satan schemes to injure careful, reasonable and experienced bodybuilders who presumably know what they’re doing.

It appears that this ‘’let ’er go!’’ phenomenon has cropped up on the lifting scene in the last 5–10 years or so and subsequently spread like a bro-science Frankensteinian virus throughout the popular lifting culture.

Back in the 70s, 80s, and 90s if you were training in any established gym and dropped the bar, you probably would have been given the benefit of reasonable doubt and had a friendly reminder thrown at you that you were, in fact, training in a professional establishment.

But, If you nevertheless still stubbornly insisted on carrying on in this embarrassing, annoying and idiotic manner, a

‘’Hey, Bozo!

Don’t let the door hit you on the ass on the way out’’ policy would have probably come into effect to help usher you back home to your mama.

Well, the times they are a-changin’, I suppose.

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