Thank you all for your replies.
I have been training at my university gym, with racks and benches and so on.
However, it takes up a lot of time and money and I would like to train in my garage at home instead. I have a bar and plates to do this with.
The only exercises I will be able to perform are those that require solely the bar and plates. No bench, no squat rack, nothing like that. Just a bar.
Thus I imagine the two exercises I will focus on the most will be deadlifts and overhead presses.
Since I am training in my garage at home, I can train whenever I want to, however often I want to. I get restless a lot (I'm a student, so apart from study, I don't have that many things on in my life), and I love lifting weights. So I was thinking that I might be able to lift every day since I will be lifting in my garage.
I know that doing deadlifts every day might be a recipe for overtraining, but I have read about people who have been able to get away with training deadlifts or squats every day.
I can't help but wonder whether we go too far in the high-intensity and low-volume direction sometimes. What about trying: high intensity, high frequency, but low volume (relatively speaking)? Has anyone ever tried just doing deadlifts and presses (only two exercises) and doing those exercises every day (although working them hard)? It would take some time to adapt to the strain it would place on you, but doon't you think some people might be able to thrive on something as simple as that?
To be honest, I get impatient and want to work out more often. I love lifting weights and since it is now possible for me to lift whenever I want to (in my garage), maybe it wouldn't be a bad idea to try lifting every day?
On a similar subject: the merits of the deadlift. Does this exercise truly work 'every muscle in the body'? If one only did deadlifts, would this be sufficient to produce total body development to be proud of? What about if overhead presses are thrown into the mix? (just to have a pull and a push combination).
Has anyone ever tried building a big and strong and aesthetic body with deadlifts alone?
Some personal stats: I'm 22 years old; an even 6 feet tall; 225 pounds; about 19% body fat (started at 160 and 12%); and haven't been lifting 'hard' for long (I've been recovering from unrelated hernia surgery which took place at the beginning of the year). Strength levels (I haven't been training 'hard' for a long time): deadlifts, 5 * 310 (each rep the bar is 'dead' on the floor in between reps; no touch-and-go reps for me); overhead presses, 5 * 145. I haven't been doing these exercises for that long, and I'm hopeful they'll go up a long way over time.
Thank you all again for your replies, and for any forthcoming comments.