If it makes you feel any better, I still have the same small amount of rounding that I’ve had for years. I cannot seem to get rid of it and it doesn’t seem to have had any deleterious effect so I’m not inclined to worry.
Do you wear your belt high for a reason or did it just kind of end up there? I’m asking because I like my really low for deadlift.[/quote]
That does make me feel better. I have worked and worked to try and remove the rounding from my conventional at lower weight (under 200) but it drives me bananas that it still pops up (no pun intended) in my sumos. Your observation about belt placement is a really great one. I actually decided to wear it extra high for no good reason, just thought it might be fun and feel good. However, upon thinking about it, the belt can’t really help support my lower back optimally if I push it up so high. Thank you for asking about that. I will resume normal belt placement and see how that goes! Also, I got a massage and stopped obsessively worrying about my back and my back s pretty normalish today.
How much soreness do you experience post back workout? [/quote]
The reason I asked about the belt is because I’ve seen so many different placements. I always cringe when people advise new lifters to crank the belt as tight as they can. Some people like it like that, I prefer it looser on deadlifts. The point I suppose is that we all need to find what works best for each of us. There’s no right way of doing it. If high placement lets you pull more, go for it
Regarding rounding, I’ve attached a link to a recent training video of mine. You can see a similar rounding. (Enjoy my funky pullup video at the end with a quarter. ha!) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eKZPfV8KDZc
Finally, I don’t really have a ‘back day’. My days are more focused like squat day, bench day and deadlift day. Deadlift day has the most back focus. It typically runs like this: deadlift, pull ups, front squat, over head press. The next day my erectors and my lats always hate me. We do a lot of barbell rows on the other days too.
I think your lifts are looking really solid. When I first started my squat was a train wreck with a shit ton of knee cave and good morning out of the hole. It’s still a work in progress. My body type isn’t ideally suited for squatting and I find I revert easily to old habits,
The reason I chimed in on the thread in power lifting is that sometimes people will pick apart lifts when it isn’t necessary. I know when I was a novice I would have been all over the place trying to accommodate conflicting advice and it would have been a confidence killer. You kind of have to be wary of the source of advice. I prefer to get it from people I know, people on my team or my husband. I know their back ground and their lifting history and I can trust the source. I’ll give you an example of random advice from a stupid source. Years ago I posted a sumo video on youtube and some ying yang said my stance was too wide for deadlift. My feet should be shoulder width. He hadn’t heard of sumo deadlift and several people mocked him until he took his post down. As fun as it was making fun of him, it’s a lesson in taking everything with a grain of salt. No one has all the answers for you; some people just think they do.
Sorry for the loooong winded post