Deadlifts. Week 3 Cycle 9.

Good deadlift session today. This cycle has been the first that I've done dead-stop deadlifts starting with 425x5 (just hitting prescribed reps) in week 1, 455x7 in week 2, and today with 475x6, which went better than the 5 reps I expected to get, with a couple in the tank -- I need to get used to the fact that I can allow myself to take a few seconds, reset my grip and catch my breath with the deadstops. It's also fun to think that the impetus for getting on a program and starting 5/3/1 was because I was demoralized when I failed to budge a 460lb deadlift during one of my many misguided training sessions.

Progress for week 3 deadlifts over last 9 cycles:

  • Cycle 1: 400x7
  • Cycle 2: 405x10
  • Cycle 3: 415x10
  • Cycle 4: 425x10
  • Cycle 5: 430x11
  • Cycle 6: 440x10 
  • Cycle 7: 455x10 (this and all previous sets were touch-n-go)
  • Cycle 8: Smolov squats
  • Cycle9: 475x6 (deadstop)


Goals for today:




Assistance work:

I did a pyramid of front squats: 135x1, 185x1, 225x1, 275x1, 315x1, 275x1, 225x3, 225x3 all supersetted with  weighted chinups with 90lbs of weight added.

Video of final set below:

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