I’ve been lurking here for some time now. I first intended to keep quiet until I had reached a minimal level of hyoooogeness, but I guess it world be stupid of me not to take advantage of your collective experience as Iâ??m learning.
Iâ??ve been training since January â??07. I initially didnâ??t see too much in the way of results, though. I read everything I could find on the topic, and ended up over-analysing everything. I switched programs twice a week (following the Holy Weider Principle of Muscle Confusion) and poured all my energy into all the little fancy details, while missing the most important point: Progression. I really wish I had found this forum a little earlier…
Iâ??ve recently decided to spend the next couple of years trying to get my strenght levels up, with the main focus on the big three. Which finally brings me to my actual question… I do deadlifts mainly to hit my spinal erectors, and for general mass. The problem is that, while I do see progression and growth, almost all of it is in my glutes. My legs have always grown better than my upper body, and my glutes have always grown better than my legs. My ass starts growing if I I go too heavy on my barbell curls. Now, I do appreciate having a firm and perky butt (and the girls seem to like it, too), but if things keep going like they have been lately, Iâ??m going to end up with the upper body of a Labeouf and the ass of a 400 lb gospel-singing black woman.
Is there any variation on the deadlift or change in technique I can use to take some of the stress off my glutes? Or should I just drop the deadlift altogether? What should I then be doing for my erectors?
Iâ??m still new at this, and havenâ??t really gotten the technique down in the first place. It seems my main problem is that I lean forward too much at the start of the lift, so that my ass is too high, and the legs donâ??t get in on the action. Iâ??ve been told itâ??s probably an issue with flexibility in the hip flexors, so Iâ??ve been working on that. I donâ??t know if thatâ??s relevant to my problem…
Any input would be greatly appreciated