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6th Cycle, Loss of Strength in the Deadlift


#1

I’m on my 6th cycle of 531 and suddenly I’m not even coming close to the numbers I was last cycle. I deload every month as in the original book. Last cycle I hit a pr of 387x6 this cycle I was lucky to get 376x4. I understand you won’t set a or every workout but It’s really like I’ve gone backwards now. Im not discouraged but more or less curious as to why this is.


#2

Weights are too heavy for you to progress. I.e your rep strength isn’t up to the prescribed poundage. Take 90% of your last calculated max (use a rep PR) and weight * reps * 0.0333 + weight. Carry on through your programme with a TM based off this number


#3

Using my last PR from the end of my previous cycle I end up with a weight about the same as my current training max.


#4

Do you do Good Mornings? I find when I add them in as an accessory lift they make the deadlift feel easier.


#5

Yeah, but I dont go heavy with them, I focus more on stressing the muscle.


#6

That’s definitely the way to go. I do 5x10 and keep the weights at a level where I can maintain very good form.


#7

Yeah, I try to run it all by the book. I’m just trying to figure out why i’m not even getting near my previous cycle, I did in the first week, but second and third not even close. I don’t feel worn down or anything and all my other lifts are going up nicely.


#8

Reset your TM back a few cycles. The exact same thing happened to me on cycle six. You’ll be fine. Consider running 351 for your DL for a few cycles too just for a change.


#9

Alright I think i’ll give that a try. I guess 6months of PR’s every week had to hit a wall somewhere.


#10

You’ve stalled. Simple as that, happens for every lift at some point.
General Advice:

  • Drop your TM back 2-3 cycles, so 20-30lbs depending on your increment
  • Change your assitance up if they’ve been the same for awhile
  • Try some programmed progression to your assitance e.g. SST or 5’s PRO, or just do 5x10 then 5x8 then 5x6 instead of the same sets/reps repeatedly.