Have you read “Beyond?” I believe he says for dynamic training 5 x 2 with 70% and specifically mentions doing them after the main lift is an option. My own experience leads me to totally disagree with Nick here. I have great success doing them after the main work - essentially FSL because it is with 70% - and to complicate this even more - I throw in bands every once in a while - but usually I use the deficits.
Nick - deficit dead lifts after the main lift complicates nothing. This is powerlifting no? 6 weeks is also plenty of time, especially for the dead lift. I agree if it the week before - but as assistance after the main lift - no problem.
FYI - the problem I see with most is they use too much of a deficit. A 45 pound plate is usually enough so you don’t alter leverages. One of those aerobic steps is almost too much though I have used them.[/quote]
Sorry, I didn’t even see that he mentioned deficit pulls. I have no problem with that, they’re merely an option for an assistance movement, and a good one for people weak off the floor.
I was only referring to accomadating resistance. I never got the fascination with bands/chains, I’m not sure why people weak at the bottom of lifts want to use them so much. I am under the assumptions that he has never used them before, is competing raw, and is weak at the bottom. Therefore, I still would not personally suggest throwing them on the main lift for the first time during meet prep. If he deloads the final week, you’ve got 4-5 weeks training with it (and possibly changing the groove of the lift)and it’s not going to do much of anything special. You’re not going to improve things much in the last couple weeks but you can mess things up a lot. I would say to add in basic speed work if you want as per the book, utilize deficits, more volume on the competitive exercise (my personal recomendation), or just keep doing what you’ve been doing and experiment after the meet.