I am a newbie to powerlifting, but I have lifted weights in the past. I am 6 feet tall and 170 pounds (a friend of mine who is 5 foot 2 and also has a long torso has longer legs than me), and I have been lucky enough to watch my squat grow quite a lot in the past six months. However, my deadlift has dragged behind, terribly.
To give you an idea of how bad my deadlift is, I can max out at around 400 pounds with my squat, but I can barely get 200 pounds off of the ground when it comes to my deadlift.
When I do deadlift, I don’t feel my hamstrings, my back always feels pained (and loose), and I never feel like I am in a position of leverage (until I get it passed my knees).
I have tried doing a variety of things like taking extra time for specific mobility drills, utilizing partial movements, and practicing cues relentlessly, but nothing seems to work well. Any suggestions for this beginner would be much appreciated. Thanks.