I had to buy 35lb plates when I got my olympic set last year becuase they were out of 45 pounders. This is also another way to do “Deficit Deads”. It may be safer than standing on something!
In the same boat. Only have 35s (been meaning to get 45s!! AHHH!). Anyways, I’ve never DLed from 45s or anything taller than 35s, so I have no idea how deficit pulling has affected my over all lift in a “true” (for lack of a better term) deadlift.
I think the deficit deads may work your hammies better than conventional DLs though, seeing as how you must get deeper in your stance, so I would assume more
“posterior chain” comes into play (that’s based on pure logic, and nothing more though… So don’t take my word for it!).