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fixationdarknes
05-22-2010, 05:11 PM
Just as an example, here's how my last Deadlifting session went:

-45 x 10
-95 x 5
-135 x 4
-185 x 3
-225 x 2
-275 x 1
-315 x 1
-355 x 1
-390 x 1
-315 x 3
-275 x 5

My lower back was pretty toast for squats two days later. I mainly wanted to hit the 390 but decided to do extra sets after that. My question though is: if I had stopped after the 390 x 1, could that have been considered a productive workout? The sets preceding 390 (my current 1RM) were considered warming up I suppose, but at the same time it's not like they are really easy things to lift starting at the 275-315 area.

So I don't know what to really consider work sets, were the 315 and 355 "work sets?" And I don't know if I'm supposed to be done after I max or if I should do a couple extra sets. I am deadlifting every 4-5 days at the moment, with squats inbetween those.

Nicky
05-22-2010, 05:36 PM
I just want to say a 390 lb deadlift at 158 lbs is great!! What you are doing must be working. I like to do more sets with lower reps to maintain proper form. Higher reps = fatigue = bad form, for me anyway.

Sean S
05-22-2010, 07:26 PM
I think it really just depends on how you are progressing and recovering. There's no way I could do anything close to this every 4-5 days, but if it's working it may OK for you right now. If it's holding back your squats because of low back soreness, you may have to scale back a bit. I guess it ultimately depends on how it's working and if you are trying to emphasize one lift over another. What kind of program are you following?

Brian Hopper
05-22-2010, 08:37 PM
Personally, I would of stopped after the 390x1 and move on to something else.

fixationdarknes
05-22-2010, 09:25 PM
I just want to say a 390 lb deadlift at 158 lbs is great!! What you are doing must be working. I like to do more sets with lower reps to maintain proper form. Higher reps = fatigue = bad form, for me anyway.

Thanks man. It is my favorite lift, but clearly comes with some major taxing to the body haha.


I think it really just depends on how you are progressing and recovering. There's no way I could do anything close to this every 4-5 days, but if it's working it may OK for you right now. If it's holding back your squats because of low back soreness, you may have to scale back a bit. I guess it ultimately depends on how it's working and if you are trying to emphasize one lift over another. What kind of program are you following?

Basically what I'm doing is:

A:
Squats
OH Press
Rows
Dips
Core assistance

B:
Deadlifts
Bench
Chinups
Core assistance

I lift every M-W-F, alternating between A-B-A and B-A-B the following week. The Squats are 3x5, the rest of the lifts are generally something like 3x5-8 or 2x8-ish, but the Deadlifts are kind of just whatever. When I'm feeling up to it I'll work up to a 1RM (attempting to break previous PR) and other days I'll just do some triples or something. So it's just going by the flow, but I want a bit more direction because like you said, it is rather taxing on my hips/body to do what I just did on Wednesday, and I don't want my following Squat session to always be hindered.


Personally, I would of stopped after the 390x1 and move on to something else.

I will have to try that next time and see if I can squat properly the next session, thanks.