I’m having trouble discerning how to structure my strength workout with regards to the lower body. Even after reading many of the deadlifting articles on T-Nation, I am still confused about it.
I initially thought that deadlift was a hamstring and lower back dominant exercise. Then I read somewhere else that it’s listed under quad dominant. Personally, I only ever feel it in my lower back. My fiancee feels it in her quads.
I have always understood that deadlift was a hip-dominant exercise and to supplement it, I should use a quad-dominant exercise. Now it sounds like deadlift is supposed to primarily work the quads. As you can see, I am very confused.
I tried sumo deadlifts as well. Those I felt in my glutes and my lower back but nothing in my hamstrings or quads either.
So, what does standard deadlift work and what compound exercise can I use to complete my lower body workout on my second training day?
As a side note, I work out at home and don’t have a squat rack so those aren’t really a good option for me.