Thanks for all the tips. I only plan on doing DLs every 2nd or 3rd week anyway, so there shouldn’t be an issue with recovery.
I’ll try using GMs instead of RDLs for an auxiliary exercise. This should hopefully allow me to get used to the exercise before using too heavy weights (I’ll be doing 3-4 sets of 8-10 reps).
I’ve done a bit of rowing (all last year. I did weight training as well, but badly and very infrequently… as in I’d sometimes go a couple of months without doing any weights at all!) and you use your abs to stabilise your core in this. There’s obviously a greatly reduced loading in rowing, but it’s a similar movement to deadlifts, and I think the principal is the same.
As an aside, are there established records for raw, natural lifts, or are all the records going to be with suits, etc. and at meets where the drug-testing isn’t very strenous/doesn’t exist? It’d be nice to have some long-term goals, and I don’t want to have to compare my lifts to those done using suits and steroids (equally, I don’t want to be able to look at any big lift and use the excuse “I’ll never be able to do that; they’re on roids/have fancy equipment”).
I’m far from ideally built for powerlifting (6’5" and 15 stone; a year ago I was 12 stone!), but as I intend to do it mainly to help other sports, I’m keen to see what I can do anyway.