This is the one move in the iron game where there is no gray area. The execution and completion of the lift is the simplest of any move.
You either stand up straight with the bar or you don’t. End of story.
Over the years in powerlifting, they have found ways to cheat the squat and the bench press.
Outside of the rampant drug use, that occurs in all professional sports/competitions they have added special shirts and suits to help you bench press and squat more weight.
Where is the honor in this? The tonics are bad enough but now we have special suits to give you the edge?
Get that dango out of here!
My goal since I became serious with training has always been to deadlift triple my bodyweight. As I began to study strength training I noticed that many of the strongest and most muscular men of all time could also deadlift triple or close to triple their bodyweight.
Getting to a double bodyweight deadlift was easy. Achieving a triple bodyweight deadlift takes time, programming, and effort.
At the Pennsylvania State Keystone Games, I injured my back badly right before the lockout during my 455lb rep. 455lbs felt and looked good but I got folded.
I completed the rep but I heard and felt an audible pop in my lower back. I knew something was wrong as the basic movement of bending over became incredibly difficult.
During my attempt to pull 470lbs after the injury my back quit. The bar did not move but the strain wrecked my back.
I did not deadlift from August 2012 until about mid-2013. At this point, super heavy was not the main goal. Truly trying to refine my form was.
405lbs for a good 8 reps moved in December 2013. I weighed about 170lbs and this was progress. In 2012 I pulled 405lbsx6 at about 174.
My bodybuilding prep began in February so the ultra heavy deadlifts ceased. Heavy is relative during contest prep despite your best efforts to keep getting stronger. The Fit Coast Offense prevents drastic strength losses but with lower
Heavy is relative during contest prep despite your best efforts to keep getting stronger. The Fit Coast Offense prevents drastic strength losses but with lower calories, you are going to see a slight dip in performance.
When the contest ended I set a goal. The goal was to deadlift more weight than I did in 2012. I was also going to accomplish this at a lower body weight thus getting closer to my ultimate goal of a triple bodyweight pull. This goal had a target date of December 2014.
My main man and great client Ishmael was also a part of this deadlift challenge.
In 2013, his first year running the Fit Coast Offense, he was able to reach 385lbs on the deadlift at a bodyweight of 175lbs. He attempted 405lbs in 2013 but it stayed stapled to the floor. I was beyond confident that he be able to pull it.
He attempted 405lbs in 2013 but it stayed stapled to the floor. I was beyond confident that he be able to pull it.
The truth about training is that when it comes to goals is that you cannot chase multiple goals at once and expect to excel at all them simultaneously.
You cannot think that you are going to become the leanest, fastest, strongest, and most muscular version of yourself at once. This cannot happen.
When prepping for a bodybuilding show getting as lean and as muscular as possible is the priority. But in the same breath due to the dietary parameters necessary to compete in bodybuilding, I am not at max strength. Not weak, but not ready to max out.
In summer 2013 when my back was pretty much 100 percent healed I did not have the desire to chase the triple bodyweight deadlift at that moment. I chased the ultimate challenge in fitness, the Lunges of Death and was able to complete it in 2 absolutely brutal attempts.
It was great to commit to a deadlift goal after the Mr. Natural Philly show was over. Although bodybuilding is fun, I’m an athlete at heart.
I need an objective and active challenge to quench my challenge thirst. That is what this deadlift challenge did for me.
In order to have success in the game you must commit to your goals, fight through setbacks, and you will prosper.
I’ll holla at you next time.
The People’s Trainer
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