I've just started doing deadlifts and I have a small problem. I pick the bar up off the ground and go down to the ground every rep (is that okay) but when I straighted up my knees always lock out before my hips do. When my knees straighten I'm still bent over about 15 degrees at the hips. I've tried several times to correct this but I cant. Any suggestions?
One more thing, when I'm doing stiff legged deadlifts when I get all the way to the bottom my back humps slightly over. It has nice form all the way down but just at the bottom it goes bad. Is that okay too, or should I work at correcting it?
I don't understand what your first problem is but as for your second, you will definately want to stop rounding your back immediately. I guarentee that once you go up in a weight a little, you will damage your back. As your flexibility improves, you will be able to go lower on the stiff leg deads, but don't force it if it isn't there. It isn't even essential that you go all the way down to the bottom; especially if you can't reach it with proper form. Go deep enough so that you feel a good stretch while maintaning a straight back.
Sorry, my first question might not have been worded well. Ill try to word it a little bit better.
When doing deadlifts, your knee and hip joints should straighten at the same time right. When I pick the bar up I'm leaning a bit forward and am bent at the knees. As I start to come up my knees straighten quickly but my torso stays bent over a bit until the very end. Is that okay or should I be straightening all at once?
How close are you holding the bar to your body when you're in the process of lifting the bar?
Its usually rubbing against my shins.
I dunno what you're doing wrong then???