What’s up guys, just joined, and I have a few questions. So, long story short (kinda), for the past 2-3 years, I was a “weekend warrior” at the gym, at best. I would go 3-4x a week for 2-3 weeks, and get lazy and lay off for a month or two. Last July I had surgery on my ankle and was unable to to any form of exercise for the next 3 weeks.
I got into “lazy mode” and over the next month, gained 10+lbs of fat and lost most of the little muscle that I had. I was 155lbs and felt like crap all the time. I left for a new College in late August, and decided to change that. I started lifting 3-4x a week, consistently, in a bodybuilding fashion, but like most new lifters, I neglected legs. I gained a massive amount of strength and size, ALL of my lifts went up 150-200%, along with losing a lot of the fat that I had accumulated at the same time, and went from 155-175lbs. (I have beginning and end progress pictures if anyone’s interested).
My upper body had gotten quite big (at least compared to what I started at), buy I had pencil legs, so I decided to change that. I’ve added “leg day,” but the only things I do on that day are squats, deadlifts, and shrugs, and sometimes lunges if I have the energy at the end.
Onto the main question. I started Deadlifting light for a few weeks, not going over 185lbs, until I perfected the form. I then tried maxing out for 5 reps, (shoulda done a 1RM too), and in early January, Barely got 215x5. I set my sights high and made a goal of 405x5 by the end of the semester, which is May 15th.
Since then, my strength gains have exploded. Two weeks after starting going heavy, on superbowl sunday, I was up to 275x4. I also tried 315 that day and couldn’t get it more than 3 inches off the ground. Just three weeks later, I was up to 315x5, and 345x1 that same day. Last weekend, I did 300x5, 350x1, and then got 370x1. I was feeling overzealous yesterday and tried to max out at 390, and couldn’t get it more than a foot off the ground.
I went down to 380, and again, failed. I got pretty upset, so I lowered the weight down to just 340, and went HAM. After exhausting myself trying the 390 and then 380, my adrenaline shot through the roof and I got 340x5 without going close to failure. Two weeks ago I barely got 345x1, Yesterday I got 340x5.
My gains have gone up exponentially fast, at least in my eyes. How long will this trend continue? I’ve been having squat/DL day every 4-6 days, depending on how my body has been feeling, and have hit a new PR EVERY SINGLE TIME, whether it’s been for 1 or 5 reps. Is this normal? Any Idea when I’ll start to plateau?
For all you TL;DR people,
I’m a noob to Deadlifts. I started mid January at 215x5, and now do 340x5 with 370 as my 1RM so far. No signs of slowed progress. How long will this continue?
Of you did go through everything and read it, you rock. Let me know if you have any questions or just comments.