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Road to a 550 lb Deadlift


Aug 12 2018

AM session

Decided to play with a little fire… deadlifts in the AM while everyone except for myself is sleeping lol. Just made an effort to really slow down the eccentric portion of the lift. 465 was the only one I used straps on

135 x 1
225 x 1
275 x 1
315 x 1
365 x 1
405 x 1
465 x 1

Here’s the top single



Nice rep man, almost as gentle as @littlesleeper
Don’t wake up the family


Appreciate it, lol. Sometimes lifting in the afternoon is inconvenient as far as schedule goes. Problem with deadlifts in the morning is you cant go as hard


How’s the knee lately?


Ohh but you can, just put the damn thing down nice and gentle.


Wow, that’s a gentle deadlift!
My neighbours 2 houses down has commented that they always know when I’m deadlifting due to the banging.


Feeling a hundred times better, just trying to take the squats slow and attempting to limit my knee travel. So far it’s been paying off. My last day at 300 felt great


Maybe doing the slow eccentrics will help me get some new found gains! Lol


Usually I hit deadlifts mid afternoon on Sunday or Saturday when I can blare music and drop the weight as necessary but that’s awesome lol. I’m sure my neighbors on the garage side have heard enough, although they haven’t complained


Aug 13 2018

Felt energized waking up but a little sore all over. Decided to hit some light bench

AM Session

Band face pulls x 3 sets

135 x 3
155 x 3
170 x 3
190 x 3 x 5 sets

Band Pushdowns 3 x 20


Aug 14 2018

AM Session

Foam rolling / calve stretching

135 x 3
185 x 3
225 x 3 (belt/wrist wraps on)
275 x 3
300 x 2
315 x 5

Glute Hams - 2x8
Ab Rollers - 2x8

Depth was slightly questionable but nonetheless the reps felt pretty strong. No knee aggravation either. Will be out of town this weekend so getting a little rest on lifting. Next week I’m gonna back off the weight and push relatively lighter singles (85-90%) with backdown sets of 5.


Edit** gotta stop doing that head bob shit lol. Need some work on my brace, feel like i waste too much energy and move too much. Deadlifts i feel like my brace is down pretty good but the jerkiness in squats and bench has got to go. Ive done it for so long its hard to break that habit.


Great to hear man!


@idontbrag123 how is your knee feeling? I thought it was kinda of strange that we both started that simple deadlift program and both of us get some form of tendinitis of the knee.


My knees been doing better as well, still working on improving mobility though. I’m positive mine started by jumping back into running and soccer too quickly. Now that I’ve been more consistent and stretched/rolled on a regular basis, the issue has improved. I’ve had this on my other knee in the past so this isn’t my first rodeo lol.


That’s great, glad yours is healing up


Aug 15 2018
AM Session

135 x 3
155 x 5
170 x 5
185 x 2
205 x 1
225 x 1
245 x 1 (speed was awesome)

Pause Bench backdown
190 x 5
190 x 5

Super wide grip bench
135 x 20
135 x 12



Aug 16 2018

AM Session

Reverse Band Deadlift
135 x 1 (joke)
225 x 1 (joke)
315 x 1 (joke)
405 x 1 (feeling it now)
455 x 1
495 x 1
545 x 1 (tough)

From what I estimate using Elitefts load chart it’s taking off about 120 at the bottom where I got it. Correct me if I’m wrong


Still a strong lockout with that weight! I would expect there to be more of a struggle at the top