I’ve been progressing on both of these lifts for awhile now, though I’m still ashamed of my numbers. I notice that I have a real tendency to lean forward on both, and that when I reach bottom position in the squat (sitting on my calves), my lower back has rounded substantially.
When I deadlift, I find that I have a great deal of difficulty alleviating a forward lean. I’m managing to maintain a neutral spine throughout this movement, but it seems slightly awkward. I find it easier when I deadlift sumo style, but still notice a tendency to lean forward. When I focus on keeping the weight on me heels, I frequently end up with a curved upper back.
Some background: I am rather tall, and I wear normal athletic shoes when I lift. I suspect that perhaps I need different footwear?
Additionally, I’ve been really working on my hamstring flexibility but I still have difficulty maintaining a neutral spinal curvature past parallel when squatting, even with no weight. I suppose my hamstring flexibility may not be good enough, but I can easily place my palms on the floor without bending my knees.
Finally, I recognize that a potential issue may just be “too much weight”, but I find the problem persists regardless of how much weight I use. I’m wary to progress further with either lift , as I’m sure this excessive forward lean might be a cause of many potential injuries as I increase the weight.