I just started doing semi-real deadlifts for the first time. My legs are pretty big (and long), and I'm tall, so it should be a real strong point for me. At this point I'd say it probably isn't, but my main concern is avoiding injury. Right now I am doing 5x5 deadlifts and adding 5-10 lbs each week. My weak points are probably my grip strength (I am not going to use straps and I'm going double overhand so that I can improve it) and my lower back strength. My form is decent but probably not perfect. Anyway, at what point do I just have to back off to avoid injury? Thanks.
I don't think you'll be risking injury doing 5x5 with double overhand. With that technique, I severely doubt anything else will fail prior to your grip. I'd recommend switching to mixed grip anyway, so that at least you are not limited by a weaker type of grip.
Ask yourself if you are training your deadlift, or your grip?
I think with 5x5 you should be good anyway. It's more with 1rm attempts that I'd think people would be more prone to injury. If there are only two things you could focus on during the deadlift, the first thing would be keeping the bar in tight to the body throughout the lift, and making sure you don't lock your legs out too early and turn the thing into a stiff legged dead. This will save a lot of grief on the lower back and hamstrings, and allow you to continue lifting for a long time.
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You really can't say what point could cause injury... It's all dependent on your body... If you feel like you're going to hurt yourself, you're probably going too heavy...Originally Posted by Bizatch
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Yeah man those deads will up your total poundage by alot...esp. in comps
Deadlifts are extremely easy to raise... i started out doing like 200lbs in 8th grade and the winter of my 10th grade year I was deadlifting 450lbs.... Leg lifts are what give most people the better portion of their totals in weight competitions (most go by the big three lifts... benchpress, squat, deadlift).
Congratulations on starting deadlifts, you will fall in love with them. Nail the form first and then add on the pounds and you'll have a gorilla back in no time. Also, being tall with long legs is generally a disadvantage for deadlifting/squats since the bar has a longer distance to travel...