[quote]Mike PVD wrote:
-My deadlift 5rm actually went really smooth last week and I hit 6 reps. It was probably a form issue + fatigue, I realise I wasn’t pulling close enough to my body before.
-My TMs (kg):
Squat: 152 x 0.9
Deadlift: 163 x 0.9
Bench: 106.5 x 0.9 (bench is going fine, hitting 8 reps, 5/6 reps, 3 reps respectively in cycles on each of the 3 weeks)
Press: 65 x 0.9 (press too, is going fine)
-I’m about 7 months in and 2 cycles from hitting my beginner targets in the gym for the squat, bench and press. Because of the nature of this program I’m quite a way away from pulling 4 plates in the gym on my deadlift.
-What did happen this week was that I missed my 3RM for squats (122.5kg x3) at 1 full rep and one rep not to depth. Should I take a deload on the squats.
Jim said that my TM was way off, could he elaborate? What should I do next?[/quote]
Form is the be all and end all when it comes to the big 4 lifts. What helped my DL the most was switching to 5s PROs and reseting after every rep, this keeps my back straight, hips back, and core tight. Resetting every DL rep also keeps the bar at the right distance every single time.
Jim wants you to lower your TM so you stop missing reps. My buddy and I use the same 385lbs TM for DL, I’m 190lbs and he is 270lbs. When we first started he could barely hold onto 450 for a single, 3 weeks ago we decided to test him 1 rep again. The result? He ripped 585 off the floor with no belt. So using a TM never higher than 385lbs he pulled 585 with no belt, that is a 200 pound difference. If you have good bar speed and correct form you will reap all the benefits.
I don’t get what you’re saying in the last paragraph. From what I understand you don’t think I should add weight to my TM?