This is my first post to the board, but I have been lurking for awhile. A lot of what is on here has been very informative.
I have been working out for years (I'm 29 now, and first started weight lifting in high school) but just recently learned the benefits of compound workouts. So I rehashed my entire workout, and doing mostly compound exercises now, such as deadlifts, squats, assisted chinups, etc.
I have started out light on the deadlifts because of the horror stories I have read about them if you do them incorrectly. So I am currently doing just the olympic bar without weights or with 2.5 plates on it. Problem is, I'm not feeling anything in my hamstrings. I can feel something in my calves, sort of, and in my lower back. However I do have my back straight and not hunched like they show in all the videos online of correct form. I am doing my best to keep my weight on my heels not my toes. But I still feel nothing in my legs, yet can't do more than 5 or 6 deadlifts because my lower back gets weak and my form goes to crap. So obviously I stop at that point. But I can't help but think I could do more than that by getting this push from my hamstrings that I so desperately need and am trying to target.
Am I doing too little weight? Perhaps I do have incorrect form, although I don't think that's the case? Any ideas? Thanks!