View Full Version : Is this legit: Deadlifts

07-07-2006, 07:17 PM
Today was the first time I've ever tried to pull a one-rep for anything, and it was deadlifts. Deadlifts is my weakest lift because I havn't been doing it as long as the others. I usally do 3 sets of 8 at 135.

So, this is what confuses me:

Today I exhausted myself out on my 3 sets of 8. Just for kicks I decided to put 25s on each side and try to pull it up (from the ground). I did. Long story short, I was able to pull up 205 (I could probably have done 225) from the ground. But, I don't get why I can do that after already beeing exhausted from earlier sets, and also why is it my one rep can be 90 pounds more than my repping weight?

(For my one rep I started down and went up. For my repping I start up and go down, because that's how the squat rack is set up.)

07-07-2006, 07:49 PM
your rep weight was too low...thats all there is to it.

and deadlifts should always start from the ground.

07-07-2006, 07:54 PM
Well, the rack is up so I have to pull off that.

But, I wasn't even able to pull 3 sets of 8 at 135. I only did 8-8-7.

07-07-2006, 08:47 PM
so you pull it off and set it on the floor before you begin.....

07-07-2006, 10:02 PM
Better yet, don't use the squat rack for deads. There is no reason to use it unless you're doing rack pulls. Use the floor of the gym somewhere else, and leave the rack open. (Unless this is a home gym, then nevermind).

07-07-2006, 10:39 PM
yea i just had a big jump in my deadlift max today too midworkout.. I don't really know how to explain it. just lettin you know you're not the only one lol

07-08-2006, 06:54 AM
Use more weight, and less reps.

07-08-2006, 11:47 AM
Its not that shocking really.

The last time I deadlifted heavy I got 135x10, 225x8, 315x6 and 405x1 and the 405x1 was easier then the last few reps @315.

My bench works the same way, I got 315x1 before I got 225x10.

07-09-2006, 01:42 AM
It has to do with your central nervous system and just your muscle fibers. I'm not sure of the excact physiological reasons, but it goes something like this: Lift higher reps (anything above 5) and you first need bigger or more conditioned muscles to lift the weight, secondly a conditioned CNS. Lift lower reps (anything below 5) and you first need a conditioned CNS, and second bigger/more conditioned muscles. This is why, usually, really strong people (i.e. elite powerlifters) are really really big, but people who are really really big (i.e. elite bodybuilders) are not always really strong (at least, proportionatly. Even elite bodybuilders are really strong, but if that where as strong as they looked, they'd be elite bodybuilders).