I’m struggling to find a program to improve my deadlift 1 RM. Every time I try a program, I end up stalling or even losing strength, and it very much feels like CNS fatigue. Here is what I tried:
At the end of 2014 I hit my best deadlift so far. It wasn’t much - just a humble 175 kg (bodyweight is 75kg). But It was a new 1RM for me, without using any specific ramping program. I just felt like giving it a try on that day.
At that time I had been training using a 5/3/1 scheme. I continued doing so afterwards, but was never able to hit 175kg again. I could not get past 160kg.
Then, in fall 2015, I tried CT’s Powerlook Program, wich is aimed at hitting a new 1RM for the big lifts. I followed it as written, but by the last couple of weeks of the program, I couldn’t keep up with the numbers (not just the deadlift), and it felt like it was due to the CNS.
A few weeks later I took part in a mock meet at my gym, which allowed no belts, and was able to pull 160kg without belt.
After that, I thought I would try Ed Coan’s deadlift program. Because I was afraid of overdoing, I calculated all numbers based on 160kg as current 1RM (although I would train with belt), and 170kg as a target. Week 8 felt pretty solid, pulling 161kg x 2 with good speed. But my CNS really started to feel fatigued after that. Week 9, 165kg x 1, was an awful grinder, so I decided to repeat that week, and couldn’t even lift 165kg.
While running Ed Coan, my other lifts were programmed in a Texas Method manner - one heavy set of 5s for each lift, and 5x5 on another day, respectively.
I have the feeling that deadlifting heavy every week is too taxing for my CNS. Do you guys have any advice on how this can be avoided, or how to make progress in the deadlift without frying the CNS?
Any advice would be appreciated. Thanks.