I love deadlifts and squats, call me sadistic, wahtever. Nothing feels better than fininshing a set and almost puking or having to immediately sit down to keep from falling on the lady doing some variation of a lateral raise with a 3 lb DB. Anyway back to the question. I was always told that regular deads are mainly for lower back training, which you can feel if you lock out and do them properly. Straight leg for hams, same thing, done correctly, nothing stretches em like STDL's. While surfing ExRx, I noticed they didn't list deads as back exercises, what gives? Am I wrong that deads should be the backbone (pun intended) of any good back building program? And yes, I am doing them both with HST, overkill, maybe, but I like it.