This is my first post to the over 35 section (I guess I'm finally an old fart). A little background - 39 y.o., 190#s and have been lifting off and on for 10+ years. I've always had the obligatory aches and pains that come from lifting, but never anything seroius. My question invloves how does the over 35 crowd warm-up for a heavy deadlift.
Currently, I pull 385 sumo 5 times which I realize is very light however I think I can add 50#s in the next 6 months. What I've found recently is that my back feels better if I perform 3-4 sets of back extensions prior to deadlifting. For instance, my warm-up would consist of 5 minutes of mobility work, then the back extensions and then start at 135, 185, 225, 285, 315, 335 then my work sets. How does this sound and is there anything else that you'd reccomend?
I've read several articles on proper warm-up technique but there's also at least four posts circulating about alternates to deadlifts because of injury and I don't want to be there. Deadlifts to me seem to require a special warm-up because of the risk factor and how much they tax the system.