Right, I’ve decided to face the hordes and ask for advice on overcoming a deadlift plateau I’ve had since 2008…
I started weight training in 2005 at a lean BW of around 70kg. In 2008 I hit a deadlift PR of 200kg at about 80kg. At the time my other lifts looked something like:
Squat 1RM @ 130kg
RDL 4x6 @ 110kg
Military press 1x6 @ 55kg
Between 2008 and now I’ve suffered several shoulder dislocations and a torn hamstring but have managed to increase my BW to 97kg. Over the years I’ve rotated through Thib’s Beast Building, Wendler 5/3/1, Smolov base cycles and Crossfit every now and then. My lifts now look something like:
Squat 9 reps at 137.5kg
RDL 5x10 @ 110kg
Military press 1x6 @ 60kg
In this time I’ve made several attempts to deadlift above 200kg, but I never get it off the floor. Not even 202.5kg. I’m sure this must be a mental barrier but I just can’t seem to break it. Its as though my body refuses to put effort in off the floor.
Does anyone have any tips on overcoming such a (possibly) mental barrier?