I’ve read an interesting article written by Dan John some time ago about deadlifting 315 pounds for 60 reps in 30 mins. Being tired of using 531 for my deads, I thought, why not experiment with it? Now to give you a clearer picture, I weigh about 75 kgs at 5’8 and my max is anywhere between 150-160 kgs.
I started playing with the 100 kgs and experimenting with different durations. After some time, I picked 30 reps as a recoverable target if I wanted to deadlift at least every other week. I found out that 10 mins are too much time for 30 reps, 15 mins are just a cardio and grip workout (not to mention lower back murder), and 5 mins are just too short. So I concluded that 7 mins are the sweet spot and got on with it. After about 8 weeks of starting this, I’m now deadlifting 110 kgs for 20 reps in 7 mins (making sure my form doesn’t break and I never go to failure). In the first 3-4 minutes I do them EMOM style, starting by 2 reps in the first week and then going up. In the last 3 mins though, you’ll need more time to rest.
My goal for now is to at least be able to use the 140 at the end of the year or in January maybe. I know that gyms may close back again, I plateau, or some other life shit happens, but this is the best case scenario in my mind so I’ll stick with it. All in all, I just liked to share my thoughts with you, and I’m also curious to know if anyone of you has done something like this before, or is interested in.