Damn that is a nice lift! Awesome!
I'm curious if you feel that putting the bar on the steps helps target your quads better, or if it just to avoid hitting your calves with the bar. I recently heard about these and tried them from the floor with small plates under my heels. They smoked my quads and there was minimal back stress, so I loved them, but the one problem was that on a couple reps I slammed the bar into my calves and got some pretty nice bruises. It would seem like elevating the plates like you did might help with that, but I wonder how this would hit your quads since the ROM wouldn't be as big. Thanks in advance for your thoughts. I can't believe how heavy you went on those. I think they are harder than deadlifts.
This is an awesome exercise that you don't see too often. You can really grind out the reps too since you don't have to worry about heaving a bar on your back. I was skeptical, but I did a DC style widowmaker and my quads were trashed.
yeah... i have to start from a small elevation. if not, the bar immidiately hit the back of my legs and then gets caught on my ass. i definitely don't do these very often. i basically did them to see how heavy i could go. below is my last set with 700. i could see how they could be a good deadlift variation, much like the trap bar deadlift.
and for shits and giggles, check out the first comment. some dude told me that my left side is weak as fuck... i guess it couldn't be that it was my last sets with.. ohh.. i don't know 700lbs!!! i love youtube comments.
I'm not sure how you can have a weak side and lift 700 lbs, but don't forget, whoever wrote that was probably 15 years old, 3% bodyfat and could probably lift 800 for reps.