I started the Ortmayer deadlift program last week. Prior to that, I had never done anything above 5 reps for deadlifts, so the high volume was tough. The 4x4@70% was much tougher than I expected, and the 2x2@80% was hard. On the last set which calls for 70%x8+, I BARELY got 8 reps.
I moved on to week 2 today, and although the 4x4 felt easier than last time, I failed the double at 90%. I was only able to pull it once. After that, I completed the 8 reps at 70% but again it was very hard.
I made this thread to ask if it was normal for me to struggle this bad on this routine? It's only week 2 and I've already failed. The worst part is that I based my percentages on my actual max of 410, instead of a projected one, which is what most do on this routine. My squat and bench are increasing, I recently hit 300 on the bench and yet struggle to pull 285x8, so why am I getting screwed so hard only on deadlifts?