Late last year/early this year I was getting really excited about potentially taking a run at deadlifting 600lbs. I was regularly doing sets of 505x5 and had done a 505x6 then 505x4 in the same workout, DL has always been my best lift. I figure that put my max somewhere in the 550-575 range, so I figured I was within shouting distance, may as well go for it. I weighed about 218-223 at around 10.5-11.5% bf at the time. Then I came down with mononucleosis.
Long story short, the mono was bad. I didn’t eat for 10 days basically at all and lost a ton of weight. By the time I was back to “healthy” I was down to 180 and my scale wouldn’t even measure my bf.
I’ve been back healthy about 3 months now and my strength is coming back. My bench and squat have progressed pretty well and my weight is hovering between 203-206 at 8.5-9.5% bf. I actually like the lower body weight. The issue I’m having is my DL isn’t coming back at the same speed as my other lifts. The last two DL sessions I’ve only been able to hit 455x4. Last week I couldn’t even attempt at 5th rep and this week I tried it but failed at mid-shin. That mid-shin/couple inches off the floor area has always been my sticking point.
Does anyone have advice on how I can speed up getting my DL weights back up?
I’m running the same program that I was back then so I do DL’s 1x/week with my back (bent over and seated rows and lat pulls) and then I also do RDLs and glute bridge’s on my leg days as assistance. Any help would be greatly appreciated.