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The Jug Deadlift

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ByCrossFitJanuary 9, 2019

“Regardless of whether your fitness goals are to ‘rev up’ your metabolism, increase strength or lean body mass, decrease body fat, rehabilitate your back, improve athletic performance, or maintain functional independence as a senior, the deadlift is a marked shortcut to that end.”

—Greg Glassman, “The Deadlift,” CrossFit Journal, 2003

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allen buck
January 12th, 2019 at 10:34 pm
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Many of my CrossFit friends thought that this model WAS ME !!

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Ryan Mak
January 12th, 2019 at 2:53 pm
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Love these new "senior" videos!! Would it be helpful to maybe overlap a video like this with someone doing barbell deadlifts at the gym or points of performance??

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Mike Warkentin
January 10th, 2019 at 6:58 pm
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The jugs are fantastic! We now have a collection at CrossFit 204. They're a cheap but very functional addition to any gym, and they're perfect for anyone working at home. If someone doesn't have jugs and wants to start lifting before they're acquired, try grocery bags loaded with soup cans, books or other objects. I've also trained seniors using a standard cardboard storage box and LP records, which weigh about 120-150 g each–3-4 equal a pound. The box lift is slightly different because the load is between the feet instead of outside them, but the main principle is the same: Keep the spine rigid and bend only at the hips and knees.

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Kerri Kim
January 10th, 2019 at 4:22 pm
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I love all of these new videos. I even have my parents and in-laws watching them as well. They are in their mid 70's, so these are even more relevant to them.

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Dawn Tirschel
January 14th, 2019 at 1:42 pm

Same here - sending them to my dad who is close to 80 and just lost 50 lbs.

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Susan Young
January 10th, 2019 at 1:40 pm
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I LOVE these senior-themed videos. Not only can I relate to them, but it demonstrates the importance of lifetime functional fitness to those of all ages. Just yesterday I saw a 70-something man who I know struggle to get his grocery sack out of the shopping cart and into his car, only able to get it into the floor of the vehicle. The benefits of my CrossFit workouts (just left my trainer who is working with my 60-something self through an injury) were obvious to me.

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Ryan Mak
January 12th, 2019 at 2:49 pm

As a younger CrossFit individual very close to some seniors in my life. I love them too!!

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Steve Haydock
January 10th, 2019 at 1:08 pm
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Great work team. Also wholly supportive of the new policy.

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Joe Westerlin
January 10th, 2019 at 3:32 pm

I’m wholly supportive of you Steve.

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Neil Bennett
January 10th, 2019 at 2:23 am
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Recommendations of sets and rounds?

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Joe Westerlin
January 10th, 2019 at 3:34 pm

Hi Neil! Can you clarify your question? I’d be happy to chime in. Are you referring to the WOD or the jug deadlift?

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Pat Sherwood
January 10th, 2019 at 1:21 am
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The jugs we used in this video (and others) are widely available through Amazon and other places. We added food coloring for contrast because as it turned out...clear water in clear jugs did not show up very well on video.


Water jugs are inexpensive, sturdy, versatile, and scalable. The ones shown in today's deadlift video are 2.5 gallons each. A gallon of water weighs 8.34 pounds. Simply add or remove water until an appropriate loading is reached.


They are available in many sizes. We have found 1 gallon, 2.5 gallon, and 5 gallon sizes to be fantastic for use in the home. Enjoy.

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Ben Lockhart
January 10th, 2019 at 1:41 am

Might have to get some and do some farmer carries.

Looks similar to these:

https://www.amazon.com/Hudson-Exchange-Gallon-Container-Natural/dp/B07CC4ZSZK/ref=sr_1_7?ie=UTF8&qid=1547084221&sr=8-7&keywords=Plastic+jugs

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Cristhiaan Ochoa
January 10th, 2019 at 2:32 am

Good stuff Pat. Thank you for your comment. Ben, I plan to use empty cat litter containers as water jugs. Just a thought.

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Julian Festor
January 10th, 2019 at 9:16 am

Translated in French-Traduction en Franí§ais

Les contenants utilisí©s dans cette vidí©o (et d’autres) sont largement disponibles sur Amazon ou autres. Nous avons ajoutí©s un colorant pour le contraste parce qu’il se trouve que l’eau claire dans des contenants transparents ne ressortaient pas bien sur la vidí©o.


Ces contenants sont peu coí»teux, solides, versatiles et adaptables. Ceux dans la vidí©o font 2.5 Gallons (9,4 litres). Chaque litre d’eau pí¨se 1 kilo. Ajoutez ou enlevez de l’eau jusqu’í  avoir une charge approprií©e.


Ils sont disponibles en diffí©rentes tailles. Nous avons trouví© que des 4litres, 9,4 litres et 20 litres í©taient fantastiques pour une utilisation í  la maison. Amusez vous bien.

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Max Shippee
January 10th, 2019 at 7:27 pm

Pat, love your Linchpin stuff and really digging the embracing of back to basics with these more senior focused vids. My most popular member (measured by Instagram likes) is Kermit #kermitgetsfit, who is working through knee surgery and a lifetime of being away from his fitness. He has major limited range of motion, but the fact that he can now both do an inclined push-up, and get all the way down on the ground and back up (a burpee, as seen in the vid a few days ago), has changed his life. Add to the fact that he's lost 70+ pounds and he truly embodies "Off the carbs, off the couch." Thanks for everything.

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Pat Sherwood
January 10th, 2019 at 8:47 pm

Max, well done! What you described accomplishing with your client is what it's all about. Keep up the solid work.

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