I’ve never applied myself to any one particular lift. I’ve always used an all around approach and always made sure to do plenty of leg and back work. I’d put myself in the bodybuilding camp although I’ll never compete and doubt I’ll even cut for the hell of it. I train to be strong, athletic, and more muscular than average.
That being said, I think I have slightly above average genetics (maybe I just appear that way b/c I’ve never adopted the sedentary American lifestyle). I’m 6’5" with long legs and I just pulled 450 on my first real all out max on deadlift. I’ve only recently started doing deadlifts but I’ve done power cleans for awhile so I haven’t been completely without a pull.
I state all this because I should have the potential to pull 600 based on most of the input here. What do you guys think?
My concerns–I’m 32 and past my prime; I’ve had back problems in the past (L3/L4 disc); and hard work vs smart work (if I run into injuries is it worth it to continue pushing?).
Also, with the exception of @Reed have any of you pulled 600 or more while maintaining a 6 pack?