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Dimel Deads Without Rack


#1

My gym doesn't have a powerrack and the squat rack does not allow me to get the bar as low as I need to have it. Any suggestions?


#2

why do you need to worry about it?
As I understand it from reading Dave Tate's stuff here and at elitefts Dimel's are a higher volume move anyway.
Should be able to start from the floor, pull up, then come down to your knees, right?


#3

Load the bar on the lower part of the squat rack and take a step back so you are just out of the rack. Dimels are done explosively with a lighter weight, so this shouldn't be too hard.


#4

Yeah, Dimel deads are done quickly for high reps ... you use about 50% of your max dead.


#5

ok ok my bad, let me rephase the question then, i want to do partial deads but I have no rack


#6

low benches?


#7

Does your gym have any of those gay steps for step aerobics? Stand on one of those in the squat rack. I think they are adjustable. I don't know how much weight they will hold.

(Edit - maybe even use a bunch of 45lbs to stand on if they have bumper plates. I have used rockblock before, but you might feel like a tool carrying two rockblocks into the gym)


#8

Stack plates on top of each other. Old bumpers work well. Set the weight on them.

Or boards if you have enough. Doesn't work the best though.