I was just wondering what some of you thought about using sets across for deadlifts. I've been doing deadlifts this way for a few months, but I'm considering working my way up to just one heavy set. Any thoughts?
I'm not sure exactly what you mean. Doing multiple sets for deadlifts is fine, as is doing only one working set at the top weight. Both methods have their place, but it depends a lot on what the rest of your program looks like.
Last edited by Jorge Sanchez; 07-18-2008 at 09:09 PM.
Well, I've been doing a couple lighter sets for warm up and then 3 working sets at top weight. Reading Starting Strength, Rippetoe talks about doing warm ups and then only one working set at top weight. I just want to know if most people do one heavy working set, or multiple at a bit lighter of weight.
I've done both and have had the most luck with the SS approach. Hit a bunch of singles, then pull a heavy set of 5.
I've been having good success with this one...
Sticking with only 3 reps makes it easier for me to concentrate on technique.
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Just ramp up to one max set. In my experience it gives equal if not greater gains and if your going all out it puts enough stress on the body to not warrant having to do another max set. I always go to triples or singles though.
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I may have to experiment with this, right now I'm doing a 5x5 of deads. Maybe this is the way to go for me.
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One of the reasons that Rippetoe has you pull only one heavy set is because you pull every other time you're in the gym. Deadlifts are incredibly taxing and if you did much more, you'd have a hard time recovering in time for the next session.
I do 2-3 warmups adding weight each time, then go for as many as I can at 95-100% - usually 2 or 3 reps. If I'm still feeling good after the first set, I'll try another.
Last Thursday, I got a new PR of 545#. I could do no more - sets or reps. It took 5 minutes to catch my breath and another 3 to unload the damn bar.
Give chalk a chance.
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