trl_ saidIve been trying deadlifts recently. I want to make sure this is normal: the muscles in my lower back are worked more than my legs and butt. That sounds completely wrong, but could this be possible if i have a weaker lower back to begin with? Or should i only be feeling deadlifts in my legs?
there are two general types of deadlifts: 1. a "pushing" deadlift, where you are primarily engaging quads, and 2. a "pulling" deadlift (straight-leg) where you are primarily engaging hamstrings. my first question to you is what type are you performing?
the second question i would ask, is could you possibly qualify what you mean by "worked more"? are you feeling pain in your low back, or is it fatigue?
if it is fatigue, then that would seem to be indicative that your lumbar is simply weak, and is in the process of becoming stronger. even though your lumbar area isn't primarily involved with the movement, it still has to stabilize and support the spine. holding the weight in your hands requires the spine to be properly aligned so the weight you hold can be transferred down through your legs. hold your spine in proper alignment when holding a weight is enough to fatigue it, which is perfectly normal.
in either type of deadlift, the axis of rotation needs to be your hip and NOT your lumbar spine. the scapula need to be retracted and the rest of the spine straight relative to itself. this is a harsh lesson that took me years to learn, and i learned it the hard way. i screwed up my lumbar because of improper technique, at it took me YEARS to attempt to deadlift again because i was so freaked out by them. but now i know what i'm doing, i LOVE deadlifts (both types) and i make my clients do them when they are ready to do so. deadlifts are just an awesome exercise, and there are some great variations of them, once your body is ready. if you want to know more about them, just send an email to me or something.