Doug, have you read all of Eric's Deadlift articles on www.GUStrength.com
? It has a LOT of info you need to know. Pity is right on the money with his advice. Your problem is that you're SQUATTING the weight up instead of pulling it.
wolf have you read the rest of Doug's journal??? he WAS pulling much more only he was puling it badly! he had some major form problems to address before he started loading the bar. just because someone tells you how to do a certain thing doesnt mean you can immediately put it into operation perfectly. it'd be much easier if any one of us was there in the gym coaching him as he was actually training but we arent so it is gonna take a bit longer but he'll get them down. they are already light years ahead of where they were before. keep in mind too that Doug is one tall mo/fo and his legs are gonna have to crouch down more than most simply so he can grab the bar.
I am well aware of the fact that it takes time to get form down. BUT, you also have to look at results. If you've spent 3-4 months trying to get form down and you STILL haven't gotten it down right, there IS a problem. EVERYTHING I have learnt has been self taught - all I have had to refer to are articles and stuff Eric has handed down to me. But in actually LEARNING the lifts I have had to do it on my own. I have also trained quite a few people and if you follow my journal you'll notice I put a lot of videos of other guys doing things like OVerhead Squats or heavy benches or deadlifts who train with/under me.
The deadlift is not that complicated.
1.) You don't squat the bar up. You pull it.
2.) You need to use leg drive otherwise you will be at a mechanical disadvantage. I am not going to get into what a proper deadlift is but there is a middle ground between using only leg drive and using none. You need to stick to the middle ground to get the best of both worlds.
3.) Your back needs to be straight with your shoulder blades retracted. This the STARTING point of a good set-up.
4.) Once you got your feet at a good distance, your shoulders retracted, your shoulders ahead of the bar, lower back arched, abs tight and flexed, getting your ass at the right point is mostly natural.
This is NOT that hard to do. It's like a 5 step process:
1.) Shoulder blades retracted
2.) Decent foot stance (buy new shoes, doug because those shoes SUCK BALLS to deadlift in)
3.) Lower back arched
4.) Abs tight
5.) You bend down, grab the bar and your butt WILL fall into place.
The Deadlift is a PULL not a squat.
And yes, 0:41 was the right position to start at. But the shoes need to go. You MUST use flat shoes.