Hi All -
So I recently posted some videos asking for advice on my deadlift form. I got some great advice and the following deadlift session (my 5/3/ day) I went out with some things in mind that I thought would help, and video'ed myself again. I won't post the video, just say that the issues are still there, and worse under the heavier weight. Turns out that weight really is like a microscope for your form in that the greater the weight, the more the flaws are accentuated.
So my plan is to take the weight WAY down, and increase volume - this way I can work on form. The timing is good, since I start rugby training for the spring season in a couple weeks, so I shouldn't be pushing my limits on the lifts once that starts. I recently read about a conditioning program using deadlifts on T-Nation (oddly it was part of an article about bodyweight training) where you do 10-20 sets of 3-5 Deadlifts @ 50-65% of your max (he called it the "Green Ghost program" apparently the guy who came up with it was a martial artist who used it as a conditioning work-out - I googled around but I wasn't able to find much info on him - article linked below). I tried it once during an off week (I'm aware that makes no sense at all), and I felt like I got a great posterior chain work-out (I did about 15 sets of 4 at 225).
I am thinking this would be a great way to get a ton of reps in at a lighter weight, and observe/correct my form, but still keep some strength up, and maybe even gain a little mass - or at least prevent mass loss - during my season. So my question is, does anyone have experience with this, or a similar, lower weight/high rep programs for deads? How did they work? Does this sound like a sensible way to address the issue?
EDIT - ops, forgot to link the article: http://www.t-nation.com/readArticle.do?id=4779249