I want to build my belt-less deadlift. Honestly, I figured I would get to a point where I felt it was necessary to use my belt - but so far still feels good without. To further simplify, I drastically minimized my warm-up rituals. In the past it has gotten out of hand; sometimes taking upwards of 30 minutes before even touching a bar. Now, from a deep squat I perform 10 t-spine rotations (20 if tight); and 5 to 10 Dead-stop swings. That's it. I practice the majority of my deadlifts in the garage barefoot. I have been practicing using the StrongFirst PlanStrong training protocols. Depending on the volume for the week, I practice anywhere from 2 to 5 days per week.
I started using the PlanStrong programming for my belt-less deadlift Mid-May 2015. At the time my best belt-less deadlift was 455 (form was only o.k., nothing to brag about). I have chosen to build slow and favored more conservative versions of the programming (sometimes not including any reps above 89% 1RM).
I have completed 5 Preparatory Periods & tried out 1 Competition Period. So far it has been great! Today (at the end of my 1st Competition Period) I tested and got a belt-less personal best of 585lbs. Watching the video is a double edged sword, because I am always hyper critical of myself. The form isn't exactly what I want - but I'll take it for today and am excited to continue to climb.