How are you built? I imagine you have an extreme case of “deadlifter’s build.”
“Deadlifter’s build”? Is that contagious?
I’m 5’9", and I’d say I have slightly short legs for my torso; my arms are not excessively long. I thought “natural deadlifters” were tall, long-armed dudes.
How about you?
My main issue is how strong my lower back is; I mean, I can stiff-leg deadlift more than I can squat. That’s just wrong…[/quote]
“Contagious”? Good one.
I’m just a bit over 5’9", but I have a short torso, find a 33" length fits me perfectly but can go as long as 34", and I definitely have relatively long arms.
I think it’s actually better to be on the shorter side for deadlifting–you don’t have to pull the weight up as high. If you have fairly long arms and legs, then you have to angle your body and rely on the strength of your posterior chain instead of your quads; short-limbed dudes have to squat down to grasp the bar instead of leaning over so they’re essentially squatting the bar up and it’s no wonder then that certain people find that their squat and deadlift are so close. My arms hang so far down that the middle of my palms are just 27" off the ground when I stand erect. I don’t have an exact measurement available, but I believe the barbell is about 10 or 11" off the ground with 45-lb plates on. When I deadlift I just have to pull the weight about 16"; when I deep squat it’s more like 30".
Personally I find the deadlift a lot more frightening than the squat. When I go for new weight in the squat, I’m not scared at all and if I can’t get back up with it, I sill have enough eccentric or yielding strength to lower it to the stops of the squat rack, then just crawl out from under it. With the deadlift, I have to psyche myself up every time I get anywhere near my 1RM and I am scared as hell when I’m attempting a weight even 1 lb more than my personal best. Again, there is no worry at all facing the squat, but you should see me marching around and mumbling to myself when I face a heavy deadlift, even though I’m much better at it.
Stiff-leg deadlifting more than you squat? I guess that follows if your regular deadlift is almost twice your squat. I know that in my case my regular deadlift starting position looks very much like a stiff-legged deadlift. I haven’t tried an SLDL in years, but I wouldn’t be at all surprised to find myself in your boat and able to manage more weight in that than I could squat. Maybe I’ll try it today.