For those that missed it
Let me start off by saying that I think deadlifts aren’t a great movement for many folks from the perspective of building muscle. Since it hits everything, it makes it hard to use for any sort of specific musclebuilding purpose. I’ve often said that you develop big muscles TO deadlift, rather than develop big muscles FROM deadlifting.
However, the high rep deadlift is an incredibly effective tool for developing all sorts of tremendous qualities that benefit an athlete, with pain/misery tolerance at the forefront, along with ability to hold a sustained brace and power through a LOT of fatigue. High rep deadlifts will turn you into something greater.
But some other silly things from the article
“Deadlifts involve more axial/spinal loading than any other lift”
Did we somehow forget about the yoke walk?
“There’s no stretch reflex. Since deadlifts start from a dead stop, the nervous system is forced to fire on all cylinders at the beginning of each and every rep.”
Is there not touch and go? And even if not, do we ignore that there IS still a stretch reflex even in deadstop reps until you take a VERY prolonged break between reps, at which point you are no longer doing high rep deadlifts, but instead just a series of singles? And most likely, if you are doing that, it’s because your conditioning is garbage, and you can fix that with some high rep deadlifts.
“On top of hammering the entire posterior chain, deadlifts challenge grip strength more than any other lift.” Are there not straps? And wouldn’t you use them for a high rep deadlift set?
“There’s minimal time under tension and hardly any eccentric (negative) loading”
This is most likely because you’re just dropping the deadlift from the top. Hey, remember when we discussed touch and go earlier? THERE’S your eccentric. Control the rep and suddenly it’s brutal.
“Add in the laundry list of cues that accompany the deadlift – chest up, back flat, armpits over bar, neutral neck, vertical shins, etc. – and things get more complicated.”
Oh cool, something I’ve seen saying all along: drop all the dumb cues. It’s a deadlift. Hinge at your hips.
These are the results of avoiding high rep deadlifts
Let us, instead, celebrate the benefits of the high rep deadlift, so you may, one day, moonwalk as I do.