hey guys ive been lifting seriously for about a year now, and I need some advice on deadlifting.
first ive read alot about how to do this excersize right and its purpose as a hamstring builder, but honestly when i do deadlifts i dont really feel the effort in my legs but in my upper and middle back.
Im also 6 foot and have long legs, I therefore find getting the weight around my knees problemsome, and bang them up pretty good. In fact i only do sumo deadlifts now because i can get the weight around my knees easier, and yet i still scrape my shins and knees pretty badly. sometimes i even end up bending my knees outward to get the weight by.
Could i be going too heavy? the most weight ive deadlifted so far has been 255 for 10 sets of 3 and i think i could maybe do more for a 1RM.
Lastly when trying to figure out what my problem was and trying to activate my legs instead of my back, i found that when i go to lift the weight my hips raise up above the appropriate starting position, my back doesnt really arch, but i do feel the strain in my back.
Any advice? pointers? i love deadlifts, and i really want to get my form perfect. thanks!