The first time I did deadlifts, I was sweating loads and felt it the next day in my legs really nicely.
The next time, it killed my back even though there wasn’t much more weight. The time after that, it also killed my lower back. I powered through the back pain, and didn’t feel anything the next day.
This week (today) (2 weeks later) I did Romanian deadlifts, and they were awesome. I was doing about 120kg at the highest point, so way more than I do on the regular deadlift (about 70kg), except they weren’t uncomfortable at all.
Was my back simply tightening on the regular DLs like it should be? I really don’t feel my form was good at all on the regular DLs though, even though I tried to do all the things you should - I don’t have any way of taking a video unfortunately. I felt my back tighten slightly on the RDLs, but very slightly, and it wasn’t uncomfortable during the exercise.
After reading around, it seems regular DL weight should be somewhat higher than RDL, but mine, as you can see, is far lower. Also, my squat is a lot lower than my RDL (also about 70kg) - I’m really unsure about the squat, it feels so unsafe, and as if I’m struggling like hell to put up very little weight, but I always manage to power it through and complete the rep, yet I don’t feel like I could do any more.
Are my hamstrings likely quite good, but my lower back sucks? I’m guessing it’s simply an issue with form more than anything though.
Any advice/tips/insight would be great, thanks.
Edit: I always do DLs with an overhand grip, as with RDLs. When doing RDLs and DLs, I lower the bar right the ground in a controlled manner - I don’t just drop it, or lower it halfway.