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Old 02-01-2010, 04:25 AM   #1
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Default Gary's Half-Hour Deadlift Challenge

From this article by Dan John and Chris Shugart:
http://www.tmuscle.com/free_online_a...t_3_challenges
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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!
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Old 02-01-2010, 04:27 AM   #2
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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).

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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.
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Old 02-01-2010, 07:30 AM   #3
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Old 02-01-2010, 08:20 AM   #4
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that's pretty legit
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Old 02-01-2010, 10:33 AM   #5
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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.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UVvomorysx4
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Rough but interesting. Proof that the eccentric is killer in the DL.
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Old 02-02-2010, 05:47 PM   #7
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Pretty sure it's actually an IGX chalenge.
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Old 02-02-2010, 06:09 PM   #8
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No shit, I've only posted that 1,000 times.
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Old 02-02-2010, 06:24 PM   #9
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Pretty sure it's actually an IGX chalenge.
he already said that ha... doesn't matter where it came from, its a helluva challenge.

That and the "Valeria" workout from T-Nation are two I am going to do.
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luckily my gym has bumper plates to use for this... dropping 315# of iron for 30 minutes may not be acceptable.
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