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    What's your deadlift compared to your bench?

    I just recently started doing deadlifts because of all the good things I've heard about them. I started them light with my HST cycle, going up to 115x15 for my heaviest 15-rep day. I'm now in the 10-rep block of my HST and I did 155x10 today, which was a little tough, but not quite my max.

    Anyways my bench max is 235 and I can get 170x10, so I was just wondering how ya'lls bench strength compared to your deadlift. My deadlift has gone up fast of course b/c I just started doing it, so I'm wondering if it's supposed to pass my bench or stay about the same.

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    More often than not, the deadlift should be well above the bench.
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    HomeYield is right. bench involves smaller muscle groups compared to what deadlifts involve.
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    You should definately deadlift more than you bench. I can deadlift 585 and bench 330

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    It's in my sig, I still feel somewhat uncomfortable deadlifting though.

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    My bench is around 300, deads a tad over 400.

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    I just started deadlifting this weekend, and pulled a massive 95 pounds.

    Heh, I didn't really push it though. I want to make sure I'm really comfortable with the form before I start lifting more difficult weights.

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    yeah i'm still scared to try anything really heavy, out of fear of hurting my back. i've been doing like 80lbs

    when you dead, you have to really focus on keeping your back arched and straight, right? are there any vids of proper deadlifting?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jotosuds
    yeah i'm still scared to try anything really heavy, out of fear of hurting my back. i've been doing like 80lbs

    when you dead, you have to really focus on keeping your back arched and straight, right? are there any vids of proper deadlifting?
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    I'd say a 5:3 ratio deadlift to bench for lifting
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    Well, ratios aren't all they are cracked up to be. A lot of short heavyweights can bench almost as much as they can DL, simply because their arms are short and legs thick -- making the movement biomechanically unadvantageous.

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    I can deadlift 315 and bench 235x5 at 160 I dont work on deadlifts much though.

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    Ive been under the assumption that its about a 1:3 ratio- bench the 1, squats 2 and deadlift 3- I can put up about 315x1 for a max bench, I have a 465 max squat, and I pulled a 515 deadlift last week. To be properly porportioned isnt this the right ratio- bench the weakest, squats next and then deads last? THats how I learned how the 'big 3' should look, and I know there are those that have huge squats and no bench, etc.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jotosuds
    yeah i'm still scared to try anything really heavy, out of fear of hurting my back. i've been doing like 80lbs

    when you dead, you have to really focus on keeping your back arched and straight, right? are there any vids of proper deadlifting?
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    My max deadlift is about 150lbs more than my max bench.
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    i havent maxed on conventional deads in a while, but im guessing it is still over 500 pounds because i can rep 315 in the SLDL for 6 reps fairly easily, and my bench is prob around 380-400 or so
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    I'll just say mine are about equal.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Saint Patrick
    My max deadlift is about 150lbs more than my max bench.
    Yea, well I do my sets of bench just over 150lbs and deads.. just over 200. Although I have just started doing deads so at the moment the weight is rising fairly fast.
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    I just started doing them as well, been staying light so I dont know exactly what my max is but I pulled 315 pretty easy yesterday, guessing my max is 350-375. My max bench is 255.
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    Hmm this is showing some diversity amongst the bros..
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    My bench = 1/2 x My deadlift. Yes, my bench is weak, but if it ever gets to 0.6x, my deadlift will be too weak.

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