Hi all, 54 years old. Paleo for four months- have dropped 40 pounds and started lifting, doing strong-lifts 5x5 to start. I'm at 195 currently on deads and seem to freak out on the first lift of every set, next lifts are ok but I think I'm afraid of hurting my back and get all hesitant. I picked up a cheap hex bar and it is much more comfortable for me. My question is for a guy like me who is never going to compete or pose for anyone ;-) who just wants to get in shape and gain strength am I really losing much by utilizing the hex bar over the barbell for deads? On the serious lifting forums similar questions seem to be answered with, "check your form, quit being a wimp, and do it right!".