I have been training for a little while and am working on eliminating most machines and pansy exercises from my workouts. Recently I started deadlifting and worked up through the pre-loaded bars at my gym. I'm now doing 135 and working on technique while avoiding a recurring low back injury brought on by poor bent-over dumbbell row technique.
Lifting the weight has been no problem, but I feel like a dork while loading the bar on the floor. I haven't had any trouble loading bars for bench press and such, but when the bar is on the floor I just can't seem to get the plates to easily slide all the way to the hilt or stopper or whatever it's called.
My best solution so far has been to one-arm row one end of the barbell up to get the plate off the floor and then use the other hand to pull the plate down to the hilt, but that is crazy awkward and I usually have to switch back and forth between the two ends of the bar before I get both plates where they should be. I just can't imagine that this is the technique used when loading a barbell with multiple 45's on each side instead of the piddly weight I'm using.
I'm guessing there is a simple way to load the bar on the floor, but I haven't figured it out yet. I've been watching the experienced lifters at my gym to try and pick up on their techniques, but it seems that none of the experienced lifters at my gym ever do deadlifts, or at least not when I am there.
Does anybody have any tips on this?