I see there's a couple of topics that have brought up deadlifts. I'm curious what version of a deadlift people do and which in your opinion is the best. To me it's always one of those exercises that you can feel for a short while (especially in my hams and lower back) but seem to recover quickly from. Maybe my form sucks? I keep a straight back but my knees are bent. My understanding is that this is a stiff legged deadlift. BUT checking out exrx.net leads me to believe I've created a deadlift all on my own (um yeah...bad form) Although my legs are kept in a manner that would be indicative of a stiff legged deadlift, my body from the waste up takes on the form of a straight leg, straight back deadlift. Er...like I said...too many variations. It's the second exercise in my routine so I really want to make sure I'm getting the most of it (first exercise is squat...and yeah I know people are going to say one or the other...so far I've done well doing both back to back...bad form may have had something to do with it). I also like to add a shoulder shrug after each rep (hey...it's there...why not). I think I'm babbling. Anyhow...thoughts?