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Allen Yeh 02-01-2010 04:25 AM

Gary's Half-Hour Deadlift Challenge
From this article by Dan John and Chris Shugart:

The second challenge comes by way of my brother, Gary: Load the bar to 315 pounds. In the next half-hour, deadlift it as many times as you can.

Gary, a 61 year-old thrower, did 60 reps during his last attempt. He does doubles on the minute. I suggested that to insure less soreness (as if this were possible) do one rep every thirty seconds and drop the bar at the "top" lockout position on every deadlift.

That's right, drop every deadlift. You'll experience far less soreness this way.

I think it goes without saying to keep good posture here. The upside of challenges like this is that your technique actually improves over the workout and your capacity to work increases.

Now, if you can't deadlift 315, well, maybe that's the problem you're having right there!

Allen Yeh 02-01-2010 04:27 AM

I did this on Friday and man I wish I was able to drop the bar every lift.

I ended up at 57 reps using a trap bar (for the first time).

Here are my notes:

I started off really well on course the first 10 minutes I was already at like 25 reps and I just wanted to keep a pace of 1 DL every 30 seconds, at the halfway point I thought it'd be a good idea to put a belt on. After the 20th minute I felt like I hit a wall, I just could not keep up the pace and then I got behind. In the last 3 minutes I could only get 1 with many attempts at trying to get to 60. I think having the ability to drop the weight would make a huge difference as I was lowering each one.
-I did some hypers after to get some blood flowing because even during the 30 minutes I could feel myself starting to stiffen up. My back from the back of my knees to my traps has been sore. Friday wasn't too horrible except when doing anything that required me to use my back or hamstrings! Saturday was a little worse, when I woke up Sunday though just rolling out of bed was an effort. Today everything is sore but not quite as stiff as it has been.

Derek Simonds 02-01-2010 07:30 AM

You are an animal!

Grissim Connery 02-01-2010 08:20 AM

that's pretty legit

Sköld Oskar 02-01-2010 10:33 AM

Hi guy! I thought this so totally awesome and in context I thought I'd share it with you. I found the link on startingstrength.com, a guy doing 36 deadlifts at 315 lb.


Blair Lowe 02-01-2010 03:12 PM

Rough but interesting. Proof that the eccentric is killer in the DL.

Gary John 02-02-2010 12:23 PM

This is the IGX challenge, that is where I got it.

When I did it last, was cruising along with doubles every 30 seconds, then switched to doubles every minute. At rep 58, felt a little something in my back, so I just stopped at 60. I believe that was at the 20-minute mark.

Lately, just screwing around with all kinds of ways. The dropping after each rep just sucks, cuz you can't get them in fast enough.

Starting with 4 sets of 5 on the minute is fun, then swtiching to doubles on the 30-second is nice for training. I don't go over 40 reps.

My goal is to get 61, but I'm not going to predict. Yesterday's training with 40 was a joke. Felt easy. When I actually do the challenge, going to have s pit crew to count, call out the time and slap the plates back tight.

Steve Shafley 02-02-2010 12:31 PM

My dry run was 95 in 23 minutes.

Geoffrey Thompson 02-02-2010 01:08 PM

I'm going to do this some time before March 1st. 315 is significant percentage of my current 1RM on the deadlift (not sure what that is right now, I haven't tested for a while). I'll do 10 minutes tonight, I was supposed to do a heavy set of five with not much more weight but I might as well do something more fun instead. Thank you, IGX and the Johns.

Jay Ashman 02-02-2010 01:58 PM

I'm going to give this a roll within the next week. It will be a challenge. I've already pulled 315 for 38 in 2 minutes at a contest once but over a 30 minute time frame I have to pace it better (obviously)...

going to be fun

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