Way back in Nov/December I deadlifted 200lbs for one rep.
It was my intention, I did deadlifts first, worked up to it and did it.
… and it was f-ing HARD.
Then prep happened, cardio happened and I didn’t always have deadlifts in my workout so that was the end of that.
I made some really awesome gains, but 200 seemed to elusive to me for some reason. It’s 200lbs after all right?
My latest, greatest workouts have deadlifts back in them. Sandwiched pretty much right in the middle after leg extension drop sets, squats and hamstring curls… but before the evilness that is walking lunges and leg press.
After biking to and from work Sunday I wasn’t really expecting to have any big gains in strength this week, but I went into the gym with a pretty awesome attitude and figured I’d see where I could go with it. Not just my right, but both freaking hips have been really tight lately (I blame the higher volume of leg work on non-leg days… it’s an adjustment period for this old lady) but they felt pretty much okay during my warmup so I figured I’d be good.
Started with my leg extensions, got through the squats adding a few more pounds. Nothing huge, I honestly hate back squats with a passion, but know it’s a big move so I do as I’m told and push it. Did my next exercise then headed back over to start my deadlifts.
I was shocked last week when I put 135 on for my first set (12 reps) and it felt light and easy. I started a bit higher this week and kept adding weight for each of the four sets (my reps decrease every set right now for deads). After my fourth and final set at 185 I still felt good… like that was as much as I could handle for the 6 rep set, but I felt like there was something more, so I grabbed a few more plates and tossed them on.
I set it up, got ready, and pulled two reps.
It wasn’t easy by any stretch of the imagination, but it was easier than I remember it being last time.
Just try and wipe the stupid grin I had on my face for the rest of the day off.
I know I’m not much for declaring goals on my blog. Well, other than the usual “I want to not gain 50lbs this offseason and come in leaner, bigger and better next show”… I do have goals in my head, usually around how much weight I’m pushing or how hard I’m going on cardio, but they’re generally just in my head. I find it easier that way and no one really cares if I add 2 more pullups to my workout this week do they? No, no they don’t.
But…. I still have about 4-5 weeks left on this training plan which includes deadlifts. I still don’t have much cardio (it was actually increased, then decreased. Long story) and I totally intend to keep getting stronger so here goes nothing.
I will deadlift 225lbs (four plates) by September 1st.
(even if it’s only for one rep)
And there you have it…. I’d better get to the gym and do some work.