Originally Posted by Soldier
It's definitely time to come at the whole lift differently. It LOOKS painful, the way you're doing it now. If I were in your position I would read everything I could on deadlifting. One thing I learned from golfing is that sometimes just having the right thought in your head can change everything. You need to find that thought.
For me on deadlifts I've been working on feeling like I'm pushing my legs between my hands at the start of the lift. Just this small thought got my butt down, my back flatter, and my legs far more involved than they had been before.
The good news, I suppose, is that it does look like form is your problem. It could be a LOT worse, as we all know.
THanks for the advice. I've read rippetoe's starting strength and the deadlift description in 5/3/1. I think part of the problem is that in the moment, it feels like I'm doing it right, with the exception of the hyperextension.
Could you be more specific on some of the things you see that I am doing wrong?
Specific criticism would help me improve the form flaws. I think it's almost as if I need someone standing there when I lift saying don't do this, do that. Since I don't have that, I am relying on critiques from guys like you to help me make those changes.