Hey! I just repeated the failure that happened a couple of months back with my deadlift.
My training for almost the whole year has looked like this for squats, bench, and deads:
Monday - Heavy Squat, Heavy Bench, Rep Deads
Friday - Heavy Deads, Rep Bench, Rep Squat
It’s an 8 week cycle - heavy days taper from 4x4 to 1x1 with increasing weight. Rep days the weight goes down whilst sets and reps go up. It has been working incredibly well and I’ve been hitting projected maxes spot on throughout the year.
However, last time (my first competition) I had a problem with the deadlift. The program has me pull my previous PR for a single on week 8, which is supposed to be up to 2 weeks out from a meet where I will shoot for a new PR. It is supposed to feel easy, with the possibility for extra reps and boost confidence for the meet. It has worked this way for squat and bench very well every time.
On the last cycle, I pulled my PR for 5 reps 10 days out and couldn’t get a 95% opener on meet day. Chalked it up to recovery time. This time I went for 16 days and the same thing happened again. I pulled my PR for 5 reps 16 days ago and couldn’t pull 95% today. Granted, those last heavy pulls don’t have squats before like they do in a meet.
Just wondering what I should change up. I’m thinking I need to deadlift less often, but even then I feel like I need to do something to adjust the peaking. Not sure how. I know if I had tried 16 days ago I could have pulled a new PB of around 107% which is what I was aiming for today (and succeeded, in squat and bench).
Cheers for any advice!