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660 Deadlift in 2 Months?

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strength
performance

#1

is it possible for me to progress to a 661 deadlift, 300kg, in about 2-2.5 months? my best pull was 617 (280kg) about 3 months ago,and since then i haven’t PR’d, but i have pulled high reps consistently, all from a dead stop. My best set for reps was 515 for 7 reps from a 1 inch deficit. Is there a way for me to use bands or maybe tap and go to overload the top portion? i usually do my accessories next day, but usually they are heavy barbell rows, pull-ups, a machine row variation, and weighted or banded hyperextensions. i haven’t failed in the last year but when i do fail, its usually right below the knee. Would i benefit from doing GHR’s(i can’t actually do a full one, but assisted or even just the ham work) or RDL’s just for the ham work? good mornings don’t really do a whole lot for me.


#2

Depends, I’ve done it recently but made a drastic switch stance wise which I should have done long ago cause my sumo is insanely strong. Also you say you hit 617 3 months ago, what are you maxing right now? That will tell you if your likely to hit it. I’d say if you pull 617 or less as a max now then it’s unlikely you’ll hit 300kg in 2-2.5 months without a major change in your lifting.


#3

Unlikely. Why the rush? Why not get 285 kg first? Then you only have 15 kg to go.


#4

You can’t really plan how much progress you are going to make in a certain amount of time. Just take what you can get and don’t give up.


#5

Agreed. I used to play these mental gymnastics games all the time, reasoning 'well I put 50 lbs on the bar in 1 year, in another 6 months I’ll have 25 more.

Doesn’t work that way as progress, at least for me, has become non-linear and somewhat hard to predict.

This whole powerlifting thing is best thought of as a marathon than a sprint. I turn 49 this year and intend to still be putting more weight on the bar at 59.