So I hit my DL goal of 455 a while back and then switched to squatting ATG and focused on this for a while. Now that Im about to hit my goal weight on that Ive been incorporating DLs again (deciding whether my next lower body goal will be DL or Front Squat) and have sucked hard, with low back being the weak spot. I figured a lot of other big compound movements (various squats, rows, push presses) would keep it strong but apparently I need to hit it directly.
Today I did GMs. I started with the bar and ramped to 135 in 10 and 20 lb increments, sets of 6 or so. I felt it in my glutes till about 95lbs, then it felt like almost 100% my low back straining to do the exercise till 135. It was always under control and even did some explosive sets to play around.
Anyway, how are GMs supposed to feel? I imagined it was an isometric hold for the spinal erectors and basically move the load from the glutes. I do want my back to get stronger from it, but I think the load that challenged my back shut off my glutes.
Does anybody get what Im talking about?
any other low back suggestions are welcome as well. I am adding in hyperextensions holding plates keeping the pads low and dont have a reverse hyper machine. I want my low back to be like the pecs of the guys that do 20 sets of bench and then move on to flys. These low back pumps suck.
Thanks in advance for any help...