Hey guys, I'll give you a little rundown of my past physical activity. First of all, im a 23 year old male with the goal of reaching the 300b/400s/500d foundation. I am 5'10 and 210 pounds. I recently got accepted into the army as an infantry officer and am heading for my basic military officer qualification course in St. Jean, Quebec in January. I want to be near the top in physical fitness and go in under 200 pounds with a good mix of strength, aerobic and anaerobic cardiovacular fitness. I ran a marathon in Halifax a year and a half ago and I do HIIT outdoors.
Sorry if that background information was a little too long, anyways, before i focus on a more hypertrophy oriented program and lose some mass, I really want to hit the 300/400/500 mark. My program is essentially starting strength focusing on bench, squats and deadlifts but i do also mix in a couple isolation exercises as well. I can bench 295 for 1, I can squat 405 for 1 but my deadlifts are just struggling. I don't use straps and today I could get 405 off the ground, but was not even close to locking it out. Now I am under the impression that my deadlifts should generally be higher than my squats. Is this a cause for concern? I have used straps in the past but have not in about a year. Does anyone have any suggestions to get my lagging deadlifts up with the rest of my lifts? Should I just use straps? Or is this even a real concern that my deadlifts are less than my squats?