I’m sorry to say that I have avoided the deadlift and cleans since I started training. It was not out of fear but lack of knowledge, why do something if you can’t do it right?
It turns out that someone in my office saw me on this site and asked what it was about. After chatting awhile he told me that the guy he trains with used to be a competitive power lifter. To make a long story I went to his gym and learned the proper forms for the dead and cleans. I have never felt this in back before. Sometimes I’m sore in the traps, sometimes the lats, today everything from my ass up to my traps is screaming at me, “THIS HURTS BUT WE LOVE IT” Do you have any idea how long it takes me to sit down on the pot? Getting off of my throne is like Danny Glover in Lethal Weapon 2.
All that being said, I love the dead and want to incorporate it into my program. I was reading more about it and something that I came across scared me a bit. Don't do heavy deadlifts unless you have strong abs. Your guts will push through the stomach (a la hernia) unless you abs are strong. My abs aren't really weak but does anyone know of any preventative measures for avoiding a hernia? Yea I know, build up the abs, but until they are very strong throw me a bone. By the way, I refuse to wear a belt.