- Not making sure the bar sticks to the shin
- Using too much lower back and not enough leg drive (coaching cue: pressing your legs into the earth as you lift) - which left my lower back very sore the next few days post training
- Not using straps
Nowadays when I train deads I realize that:
- After making sure I use more leg drive, I no longer feel any low back pain post-training sessions which translates into faster recovery time.
- I activate the lats much more... this makes my lifting more solid. I don't know how I came to activate the lats more, it just happened. Previously I had trouble feeling my lats.
- Using straps ensure that I don't burn out my CNS and it enables me to lift a whole lot more without feeling exhausted. Some purists would balk at my using straps. But straps have their benefits. If your grip is the only thing that is keeping you from lifting big then why should you deny your body from getting bigger and stronger by refusing to aid your grip by using straps?