I’ve been deadlifting for less than a year, and I’m pretty conservative with the weight so far. I lift slow and focus on form alot. I have a pretty weak lower back from only doing back extensions for years, so my goal is to built it up strong, but cautiously. Thus even though my 4 slow sets of 10 at 185-205 are light, they are taxing to me.
And if at any time during a set I feel a needle-like sharp pain, I figure that either: #1) My form is off or #2) I’m using too much weight.(I think its #1 more than #2) Are these more likely the cause?
Lately I haven’t been getting the sharp pains as mentioned above, but the more normal dull burns I’ve been used to when lifting. I definitely see this as a good thing. These dull pains are a real deep dull pain. It feels good in a way, you know like you know you did something good for yourself, and your lower back got a fair portion of the load.
But it is a bit uncomfortable I gotta admit, more intense than any burn I have felt with another muscle. I usually do crunches to relax my lower back in between dl sets, but when I get the more intense burn, I feel that I should relax and let it subside a little before continuing.
The first time I experienced this I thought I may have hurt myself. But it wasn’t a sharp pain. Anyway after 5 or 10 minutes it went away completely, and no funky pain in the days following, just good general lower back soreness.
Is this just a good dl burn I’ve never experienced? And how does my mindset look in the above text? Am I being too conservative with the reps? Should I start doing sets of 5 or 6 reps? I was going to wait a couple more months before upping the weight that much. Does this sound like a normal experience for deadlifts?
Thanks a bunch and sorry if it was hard to read, I kindof just spit it out without any structure.