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I Broke The 600 Deadlift Barrier


#1

So if @Alpha gets to have his own thread for hitting a 700 deadlift, then screw all of you, I’m throwing myself a little party for breaking the 600 barrier.

Now accepting backslaps and attaboys.


#2

Great job!

Where was the barrier?


#3

Cool beanz, man!


#4

Awesome job! I’m closing in on 550 myself and hope to get another 50 over the next year.


#5

Fuckin smashed it!!


#7

Attaboy! Seriously though, there was more in there. Fucking awesome.


#8

Great job man! Love the emotion after!


#9

Attaboy! #backflap or #backslap ?


#10

ref-gene-steratore-patting-payton-manning-on-the-ass

“Great work” seems like a pretty solid understatement


#11

awesome job dude. Congrats!!


#12

That was done with authority!

Many backslaps and attaboys!


#13

Thanks y’all. I’m on a little vacation now but I do appreciate the backslaps and attaboys, Many of you have indirectly contributed to my growth as a lifter here, and I do have the TN community to thank as a general source of motivation and knowledge.

Depending on who you ask, 600 seems to range from “meh, nothing special” to “OMG you must be on steroids” - personally, I think it’s enough to qualify as a “you clearly lifted with some dedication for awhile to achieve this, and not everyone could/would do that” milestone.

Brief timeline:

August 2015: joined a gym and picked up a loaded barbell for the first time in five-plus years (although I had been messing with kettlebells quite a bit in 2014-2015). Pulled 305 on the first day, with residual strength from my teen and college years as well as the kettlebelling.

January 2016: 405

Spring 2016: ran a low volume high frequency deadlift “program” (using that term loosely). Pulled 3-5 days per week, most workouts being an extremely simple series of half a dozen singles between 315 and 405. Only occasionally did I go above 405 in training. Also, I did no barbell squats to this point; all of the gains came from just pulling and some kettlebell stuff.

July 2016: 500

Fall 2016: got married, honeymoon, kept training but didn’t really pursue gains. No PR attempts for awhile.

February 2017: moved training from the blah commercial gym to a CrossFit gym, which was a motivating factor; also started squatting with some regularity, which surely accelerated the gains train from 500 -> 600.

May 2017: 550

August 2017: 600

Moving to a house when we get back from vacation, so future gains will be coming from the ActivitiesGuy Barbell Club in my garage: TN will remain my source of inspiration as I chase luminaries such as Alpha, flipcollar, MarkKO, T3hPwnisher, and others…


#14

I like how it just happened real fast, almost overnight. After 15 years of work.


#15

Great job, AG!


#16

Woah, good job!


#17

Congratulations! You made that look effortless!


#18

Congratulations man.