Originally Posted by el borracho
What exercises do you like to pair with deadlifts? I have been doing deads and legs for the last few months, but it's too demanding on my lower back (been really sore and very stiff the next two days).
Pairing deadlifts with other back exercises would make sense, but I like bent-over rows and it seems like that combination would also be too taxing on the lower back.
I do deads (heavy), followed by front squats, followed by backoff sets of deadlifts, then good mornings.
Just build up your endurance for the lift and lower back over time. I also use a belt for the deads/squats.
I would never pair deadlifts with any upper body exercises but that's just me.