I decided to record my top set for squat and deadlift today because I feel like I need all the help I can get. I’ve been doing Starting Strength for roughly one month now.
Here’s my final top set for squats, 245x5. Lately I’ve been feeling lower back tightness but no pain after squats, and I have some major butt wink issues about one week ago. I’ve been doing lots of hip and lower mobility every day since then and I feel an improvement, but I’d like to see what everyone here has to say. Also, shown in the video I think I have some problems hitting depth, I’ve been trying to make my depth just below parallel without messing up my form because in the past I would try to go ass to grass and I think that contributed to my butt wink issues. Maybe I need to be more mobile to hit depth correctly, I don’t know. Maybe I have more problems I don’t know about. Please feel free to critique this as much as possible because I need it.
Next, the deadlifts. I’m pretty new to conventional deadlifts and this is the first time I’ve pulled 300 conventional (my high school strength coach made us do trap bar). I have never felt any lumbar pain or anything, similar to the squats, but a tightness in my spinal erectors (at least I think so). I’ve been trying to lift my chest first like Rippetoe said in his book, but in the video I think I see my lower back lifting first, and It seems to be rounding as well. Also on the first rep it looks like I was hitching (IDK I’m no expert) and on the second rep I lost a little bit of balance because I think my foot placement was off. Again, please give me advice for my deadlift.