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Old 04-11-2007, 09:38 AM   #12
Rick Deckart
Join Date: Jan 2007
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Originally Posted by Steve Shafley View Post
I'd recommend, initially, working up to a max single once a week. In good form.

Then, after that pans out, probably after 4-8 weeks, depending on your training age and status, you'll need to get trickier.

Rip, in his interview with Charles Staley, mentioned this sequence:

power clean->high pull->deadlift

These are called "progressive pulls".

If you can do PCs and high pulls, then this is an excellent way to build up pulling capacity, and an excellent way to insure you are warmed up.

An example, assuming ~500# DL max.

PC: 135x3, 185x3, 205x3, 225x3, 245x1
HP: 245x3, 275x3, 315x3, 335x1
DL: 335x1, 365x1, 405x1, 455x1, 475x1, 485x1
Steve I might give this a whirl in a while but have a couple of questions:
Is that one or your actual workouts? Three deadlifts over 90% of 1RM max seems pretty tough after that kind of warmup. How long did it take you to recover from that session?

BTW I second Daves statement that you cannot do maxes every other day in the deadlifts once you pull some weight close to your current max. That will simply not work unless you are genetically gifted or willing to take mega-rests of over 10min between the singles and even then I would burn out in no time...
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