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The Race to 500!


Thought some people might be interested in one of my goals - to pull 500 before may. The unusual thing about this attempt is that I will only be deadlifting once every 6 weeks (3 times total) until may. I also wont be using any of the typical westside variations to improve deadlift. Instead, I will be olympic lifting 3-4 times per week.

Over the 3 months from Thanksgiving until now I improved my deadlift from 425 to 465 with this style, and I will need to improve at approximately the same rate if I want to reach my goal.

I’m 19 5’10 and 174. Here’s a picture of Saturday’s deadlift. (I was angry because someone was curling in the squat rack.)

Any and all advice/comments/criticism are appreciated.

EDIT: Since so many people seem to be in the same boat - chasing that 500 deadlift - we could make this thread a mini journal for us. Post your age, weight, height, current best deadlift, favorite teletubby, and a picture if you like!

If you remember, this is .jacob
(college transformation)- http://www.T-Nation.com/readTopic.do?id=1380343

his eyes always burn red on frontsquats


dave tate would be proud

Nice work guys…although it looks like Jacob might be borrowing some of his technique from good ol’ DeeseWeese. :wink:

I’m trying to get my dead up to 500 as well and I’m thinking of throwing in some more pulling variations to get there.

I’ll race ya. :slight_smile:

-Matt


You’re on! I’ve been including some pretty intense excercises in my routine lately though, so be warned.

I’d like to hit 500 or better very soon as well. I’d be interested to hear what lifts you are using to improve your dead.

A swiss ball!!! haha.

Good luck man. I am looking forward to hearing about your progress. What are your numbers in the Oly Lifts?

[quote]MikeSh wrote:
You’re on! I’ve been including some pretty intense excercises in my routine lately though, so be warned.[/quote]

That’s the second best exercise next to Sully’s most top-secret deadlift improving exercise.

http://www.pinnaclestrengthandfitness.com/images/Functional_Sully.AVI

-Matt

Ohhhh… some competition. I’ll be gunning for a little over 500 (227.5kg) on April 1st!

Count me in, ladies!

My deadlift is around 315, but I bet I can pull to 405 in the same time it takes to get you to 500.

[quote]beebuddy wrote:
I’d like to hit 500 or better very soon as well. I’d be interested to hear what lifts you are using to improve your dead.[/quote]

My workouts are centered around the olympic lifts and lots of squats. I also sprinkle in rdls, ghrs, pullups/chinups, into my workouts which all should help as well.
I’m hoping that my deadlift will continue to go up as long as my posterior chain is being worked.

[quote]Hanley wrote:
Ohhhh… some competition. I’ll be gunning for a little over 500 (227.5kg) on April 1st![/quote]

To be precise, I’ll be going for 502.5 (227.9k) Heavy collars… Good luck in your comp!

[quote]eisenaffe wrote:
Count me in, Ladies![/quote]

Perhaps I should have named this thread The RACE to 500! Where are you now?

[quote]teencraft wrote:
A swiss ball!!! haha.

Good luck man. I am looking forward to hearing about your progress. What are your numbers in the Oly Lifts? [/quote]

Swiss balls are the only way to go for max power dude. I will get back to you in the next week about my numbers when I go for maxes in the lifts.

Im in the race too. I am currently 445. I am hoping GHR and GM will help bring mine up to 500 by summer. Good luck

I just pulled 405 yesterday. I’m in. 500 by look like July 1st, if I counted the weeks right. I also did 315 on the bench and 360 in the squat.

Can I ask a couple stupid questions: 1.) why the hell do you have knee wraps on or did you wrap your knees in the first pic?

2.) Why is everybody so against deadlifting to increase their deadlift? If you do it, it actually works. I would save those techniques using olypmic lifts and other variations after you’ve reached 500. I deadlifted 540 at 198 in competition which is by no means any great feat, and have deadlifted 500 at 181 again this won’t even get you on PL TOP 100.

By deadlifting twice a week a heavy day and and a lighter day, I went from 455 to 540 in approximately 8 months.

Stupid, yes.

  1. knee SLEEVES. they keep your knees warm. many people like to wear them while deadlifting.

  2. he is an olympic lifter. olympic lifters dont deadlift for the most part. but apparently he has chosen to care about his deadlift and its carryover from olympic lifting. deadlifting twice a week will ruin an olympic lifter. deadlifting heavy once a week will set back progress significantly.