OK, I've just got back from the gym, having done deadlifts for the first time. I was going to ask, why it is that EVERYONE recommends them, but nobody (well, not at my gym at any rate) seems to do them? I think that I've answered my own question. After 4 sets I had to spend 10 minutes flat on my back, just getting into a state where I could even function as a human being. It's a feeling of complete and utter exhaustion However, there appears to be no 'centre' of exhaustion. I couldn't point to any single muscle or part of the body that feels overworked. It's an all over feeling, like I've wrestled a grizzly bear for 2 hours and just managed to escape with my life. Anyway, that's my perception. The muscle ache will probably hit tomorrow. Right now I just feel immensely tired. What changes can I expect to see over the coming months with this 'new' exercise? Thanks in advance. This forum is a great place for tips and advice as lurker and poster.