I’ve been reading posts on this site and everyone benching and squatting similar numbers to my own is absolutely shitting on me when it comes to deadlift 1RM’s.
I just looked at some, in my opinion, tiny ass kid’s thread and his numbers were 225, bench, 315 squat, 405 deadlift? I can bench 225 a few times easily, I do 10x3 with it, squat 315 a few times, would do 10x3 with it if I applied that set/rep scheme to squats, but don’t even come close to 405 on my deadlift. I can’t even pull 315 yet.
Is there some mistake that lifters commonly make that would lead to this? I deadlift almost as often as I squat and bench, and am very strict about my form. I have more or less been improving at the same rate as those other lifts as well- I just started real low with them because I had a hard time with proper form. Are there other lifts I can do to help get a stronger deadlift? [/quote]
Looking at those numbers, and the date of your post, I get the feeling that I may well be the “tiny-ass kid” you’re talking about (though for the record, it’s a 405 squat, 385 deadlift) I’m not sure that 25 counts as kid, nor 225lbs as “tiny”…I would have just called me weak and got it over with
As for your DL, I can only tell you what works for me. I’m 6’ tall, and carry a lot of that in leg. One thing I’ve noticed is that I DL low. That is, I carry my body particularly upright, with a strong negative arch, and my hips begin low to the ground. The emphasis of my lift tends to be on the legs, with as little back as possible.
What part of the DL are you having trouble with? Getting off the floor, getting to lockout, or holding on? That at least will narrow down where your weakness is.
Check where you have your hands, as well. Try experimenting with closer in or farther out, especially if hanging on is an issue.
For other exercises, I tend to do good-mornings after squats on Tuesdays, and front-squats after DL on Thursdays. I’ve found it to help immensely, though it also prompted me to do more core work so I could stand up to heavier front squats (even 225 was giving me issues with core stability)
If all else fails, try to imagine pushing your feet through the floor while you lift, rather than trying to bring the weight up. It doesn’t make a lot of sense, I know, but it helped me get over the 315 hump.
Good luck, lift hard.