View Full Version : first time deadlift

11-03-2004, 08:29 PM
well I deadlifted for the first time today and I gotta tell you it was intense. I don't know if it is very much but I hit 225x8, then 245x6 and finally 275lbs for 2 reps on my last set(this includes the bar). After all that I was EXHAUSTED. Been lifting now for about 3-4 months going 5 days a week and only missed a workout yesterday due to a 12 hour work shift. I gotta tell yah my legs havent felt like this in a few months now from a workout. Also I had to take much more rest time inbetween sets with this excersise. I started out at 145lbs 4 months ago and am now at 161lbs. BF around the mid section has increased slightly but Everything is looking much better and bigger thanks to all you're help! On the way to Bigness!! :strong:

11-03-2004, 08:36 PM
Welcome to deadlifts. They are great.

Those are very impressive weights to be moving at 160 bw for your first time!

11-03-2004, 08:39 PM
I must tell you though it was the most intense workout I've done in 4 months..... After I was done I had that funny walk. LOL I was walking down the stairs in the gym and my legs nearly left me......

11-03-2004, 08:47 PM
I like you just started DLing and you are right, it is by far the most intense, mentally demanding (and physically too) lift there is. I find I have to get myself sooo pumped up before I attempt the lift. I mean I will just be there all squatted down and holding the bar huffing for like 2 minutes lol.

Anyways, nice numbers. My second time lifting I pulled a PR of 345lbs @ 160lbs

11-03-2004, 08:49 PM
thanks i know what you mean.... I sat there just staring at myself in the mirror and huffing for a few minutes than up I went.... my lifting partner thought my head was gunna explode! definetly made me feel much stronger picking 275 pounds off the floor than i did 4 months ago.

11-05-2004, 03:22 PM
How an earth can you lift 275lbs on your first attempt? How would you have the muscle? Even after months of doing deadlifts I never got more than 200, and I weighed 200lbs.

11-05-2004, 07:13 PM
How an earth can you lift 275lbs on your first attempt? How would you have the muscle? Even after months of doing deadlifts I never got more than 200, and I weighed 200lbs.

that's true....I am also a newbie at around 205 lbs

11-05-2004, 07:37 PM
I mean I will just be there all squatted down and holding the bar huffing for like 2 minutes lol.[/QUOTE]

I do the same thing lol. I'll squat down ready to deadlift, and I just sit there and think about doing it. :D

11-06-2004, 02:04 AM
I don;t know.... My first attempt I couldn;t do it. I stepped back..... took some time and just walked up and got it.... We used a trap bar if that matters.... 2 45's plus a 25 on each side bar weighing 45lbs.... we weren;t sure how much we had lifted so we dragged the bar over to the scale......

Joe Black
11-06-2004, 02:49 AM
Deadlifts are up there with squats, personally I prefer them :)

Just be carefull to go up in weight sensibly and pay careful attention to your form.

Recently I went from 220 to 355 in about 8 weeks, but got a bit cocky and went for another rep and let my form slip. I pulled something in my back and I haven't been able to hit the gym hard for about 8 weeks now... Just doing light stuff whilst it gets better :(

So be careful... Keep it strict and have fun! :)

11-11-2004, 05:34 PM
update did 295 today... thats 20 more than last week.....I think I may have had it in me last week though.

11-11-2004, 07:52 PM
Well what were you doing before then which meant you could immediately deadlift a massive amount despite never having done it before?

11-12-2004, 05:02 PM
Just did squats, leg press, leg curl and extension

12-23-2004, 10:59 AM
I did the same thing ozzyman, only was doing squats, leg curls and leg extensions, and my first time out I started 225x10,275x10, and 315x6. It was so intense and now I am hooked. Want to get to a 500+ 1rm by schools end ( about 6 1/2 months from now ). Keep rockin the dl man

Canadian Crippler
12-23-2004, 11:30 AM
Impressive! I pulled 8x180 my first time and when I do em again I'm aiming for something @ 225.

12-23-2004, 11:34 AM
that's AWESOME. my max on deadlifts is 265 @ a weight of 150 after doing deadlifts for 2-3 weeks.

kpd: niiice i have goals set for when school ends too. i think that's a good deadline. and then during the summer set some goals for when school starts.

12-23-2004, 11:58 AM
Those are some nice first time lifts. I'm with Hulk though, you need to be careful with your weight/form. Deadlifts can seriously injure your back if you're not using proper form and taking good safety precautions. A few good safety tips would include:

- Keep your lower back and stomach muscles flexed throughout the lift. This keeps things around your mid-section in place and lessens the chance of hurting your lower back.

- Keep the bar behind your shoulders and don't slouch. Heavy weight can make your shoulders roll forward. Don't let that happen. If it is, then lower the weight.

- Bring the weight up slowly. Don't try jerking it.

- Use common sense and don't lift more than what feels safe. The weight should be heavy, but you don't want to be straining so hard you poop your pants.

12-23-2004, 12:21 PM
Thnx for those tips Tim. Although I am happy with my first time lifts, I think I am gonna bring it down quite to get my form down really well, then we'll go back to plowin through those goals

12-23-2004, 12:52 PM
I think I did up to 225 for a few reps my first time. I've been doing them for 4 weeks now and am up to 285 for reps at 154lbs BW.

To do 295 your second time is very impressive, Ozzyman. Keep it up but take care to continue using good form.