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Question On Deadlift Reps

Is it ok to take a 2 second pause (resting the weight on the ground) in between reps? I’m on my second week of 5x10 deads in ABBH; if I don’t pause I feel as if I will pass out by the 7th rep due to lack of oxygen.

I would say yes if it is a loss of form issues to do a quick reset. I would just say 1 second.

It to me however sounds as if yours is more a problem of breathing and conditioning. If you must drop the amount of weight you are using. Control the negative so as to not have a bounce in the bottom, explode on the positive and if needed pause at the to to exhale and get another breath. You will adapt in no time. Just be sure to breath.

Hope that helps,
Phill

[quote]swiperfox wrote:
Is it ok to take a 2 second pause (resting the weight on the ground) in between reps? I’m on my second week of 5x10 deads in ABBH; if I don’t pause I feel as if I will pass out by the 7th rep due to lack of oxygen.[/quote]

I would say-if you want to keep your lower back healthy-don’t do the deadlift at all for reps. I train them almost rest pause style. And 50 work reps for the deadlift per week? That is way too much-IMO. When you pull deadlifts for high reps-your body fatigues and the supporting structures like ligaments and tendons are not in the same postion as the main muscles of the posterior chain tire.

I tried the high reps years ago-the feel more intense if you define intensity as a feeling-ie fatigued…but they led to numerous injuries and left me stuck around 600lbs. When i switched to a westide based deadlift template-I got over 700 officially. Private message me if you are serious about deadlifting

With deadlifts it’s better to take a pause. Since the lift starts without an eccentric portion there isn’t a stretch reflex, but if you don’t pause before the second rep there will be and the second rep will be easier. Also I thought for ABBH the 5x10 day was for squats? 10x3 makes more sense for deadlifts.

it was for squats during the first 3 weeks, then the 10x3 and 5x10 days switch.

I suggest you don’t do reps, when you do deadlifts you want necessarily want to work on your negative (going down). Deadlift is not like a bench where you have to worry about it. So, there is no reason to train it when you’ll get it in squats. Also, don’t do to heavy of a deadlift since squat and deadlift use a lot of the same muscles.