Originally Posted by funkey_monkey
I've recently noticed that when I'm doing a deadlift that I have a tendancy to straighten me legs first and then perform what is essentially a stiff legged DL to complete the move.
I get away with it at the lighter weights but as I move up it gets worse and probably added to my back pain that I have recovered from.
Any advice on how to improve my DL form?
A few steps to improve your DL form.
1. Stand upright, close your eyes and imagine that you will jump in the air. Your stand for the DL should exactly be the same.
2. Push as much air as possible into your belly and keep it.
3. Grap the bar. Now try to bend the bar towards you (which of course won't happen). This will stabilize your upper back.
4. Keep your head in a neutral position.
5. Get up.
If you follow these steps you should be able to do a DL in a good form.
The reason why you first straighten your legs could be the backpain. You unintentionally try to protect your back, thus you straighten your legs first; which then of course makes your back pain even worse.