On his first attempt at a one rep max deadlift he PR'd at 330lbs! And it was a beautiful lift... an amazing start for someone who has been crossfitting for less than 6 months. Here he is at the start of his pull. If you look closely, you'll notice the bar is just off the ground.
"There are a couple of ways to think about 'setting' the back before the pull starts. For some people, it is sufficient to think about arching the lower back. This is, after all, most of what setting the back is about. But really and truly, you 'set' the entire torso before you pull, and you may find it helpful to think about it in this way - squeezing low back and abs and chest all at the same time on a big breath, not as separate muscle groups but taken as a whole unit."
From Starting Strength by Mark Rippetoe and Lon Kilgore
Rippetoe will be in town this weekend for a Basic Barbell Certification at CFSCC!