I'm a week and a half into the Stronglifts 5x5 program. I have two questions.
One, what is a good starting dead lift weight? I have a squat max of around 250lbs. I tried dead lifting 135lbs the first week and it was far, far too easy. The second week I tried 225lbs. Also far, far too easy. What should I bump it up to for next time?
Two, I'm re-learning to squat. When I used to lift I would not go down to 90 degrees. Instead stopping around 50 degrees. Suffice to say I did not want to continue like this so have made a serious effort to improve my form, go down to 90 degrees etc. However I have noticed a serious bend in my lower back as I approach 90. I know this is bad form. In the 5x5 manual they recommend "low-bar" squats as a way to avoid this bending. I currently squat high bar as it is all I've ever known.
I tried to squat 'low-bar" and simply can not get it to work. I try to follow the steps outlined in the book but it just does not feel right. I asked the trainer at my gym and he had never heard of low-bar squats.