Have you ever gotten pissed off in the gym? Happens to me every once in a while but for some reason I got really pissed today. I’ve been trying to move my DL from the 365 range to the 405 range and I just don’t know what I’m doing wrong. I’ve been eating a surplus and have gained about 5 pounds in the past 2 months, but all my lifts are about the same.
I got in today and did 135 x 10, 225 x 10, 315 x 5, and then onto my working sets, which I was going to do 365: 4 or 5 sets, trying to hit 25 total reps. I went to my first rep and the weight felt really heavy, and I just knew I wasn’t going to hit 25. I did 5 reps then left the gym. I’ve been stuck at this weight for almost 4 months now. Two or three sessions ago I did 365 x 8 on my first set, and this time I could barely hit 5. Maybe I should just quit deadlifting.
There might be other problems involved but usually when I completely stall out on an exercise like that, I drop it and replace it with something similar. In the case of deadlift I would switch to T-Bar rows. Both are back thickness exercises and benefit each other. Sometimes no matter how hard you try you can’t break through a plateau and just need to switch things up.
Like I said you might have some form, mobility, or structural issues that need to be addressed, but if I were you I would drop the deadlift and replace it with T-Bars for a month or so, especially if doing deadlift is just frustrating you and making you lose motivation in the gym.[/quote]
I think that’s what I’ll do. It’s frustrating the hell out of me and it just isn’t worth it. Also, I didn’t mention that I hurt my back pretty bad about a year ago doing deadlifts. Ever since then I have been pretty apprehensive about going heavy. Whenever I struggle for a rep I always stop there and don’t do another one.