[quote]Rape Weight wrote:
How seriously have you considered the following?
The reason you’re rounding is because your upper body is overcompensating for your lower body. If you utilized your legs properly, your core WOULD easily handle the loads you’re lifting. However, because it is not given the help it needs during the lift, it’s doing waaayyy more than intended. So it’s not that your core is weak, it’s that you’re stressing it disproportionately.
Your core is strong enough to support a 455 lift (for example) when it’s done properly but not strong enough to lift that weight alone when done improperly.
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You’ve been deadlifting and squatting for years. Do you really think that somehow your core is now a weakness for you?[/quote]
You’re right, I have been deadlifting and squatting for a couple years. However, I think one of the biggest issues was a lack of instruction - I basically “taught myself” as a dumb sixteen year old who knew nothing of the lumbar spine - hell I didn’t even know what the lumbar spine was. When I first started deadlifting, I did it with completely improper form because I knew no better. So I’ve never done it with proper form; it’s only been the past nine months that I’ve been really concerned with my spine.
So I never deadlifted properly in the beginning, and I always had an excessive amount of lumbar flexion. Such being the case, I have really strong spinal erectors compared to the rest of my musculature. So you’re right that when I attempt proper form, my spinal erectors are overcompensating for a weakness.
I understand the elements of proper form, and I can employ them on lighter weights. However, at heavier weights, when I keep my ass down and chest up, the weight goes NOWHERE until my hips are extended most of the way. The weight literally does not break until I’m in lumbar flexion, at which point my overactive spinal erectors take over, and the weight starts moving. I feel like I need stronger anterior “core” muscles IN ORDER TO lift more with my legs. My legs may or may not be relatively weaker than my lumbar spine, but it’s impossible to utilize them because of the core weakness.
I don’t see why it would be illogical for my core to be a weakness for me at this point, especially considering the fact that my form in the deadlift was never proper to begin with.