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14 Weeks Out | Deadlifts & Floor Press

This morning started off a bit rubbish.  Rudely awoken by my alarm (I’m usually awake before it goes off) and again struggling to get my stomach to settle with breakfast.

However I had a bit of a confidence kick last week with deadlifts and it looks like it will continue after this morning too.

The goal was to try and hit 4x180kg and then as many sets as it took to hit 15ish reps in total.  Ended up pulling 3 sets of 4 and final set of 3.

Think less.  Pull more.

Deadlift
4 x 180kg 397lbs
4 x 180kg 397lbs
4 x 180kg 397lbs
3 x 180kg 397lbs

Floor Press
6 x 82.5kg 182lbs
6 x 82.5kg 182lbs
6 x 82.5kg 182lbs
6 x 82.5kg 182lbs

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15 Weeks Out | Deadlift & Floor Press

What a difference a little change can make.  Last night I had a 1/4 dose of Pepto Bismol before bed and a 1/4 dose upon waking up and felt so much better.  Previously breakfast at 5:30am would make me feel sick and heave but none of that today.

Not only that, but I decided to go for a more “grip and rip” approach to deadlifts and it made the world of difference.  No time to think and talk myself out of the lift, just some focused aggression and some pretty fast pulls.

Whilst warming up I mixed it up a little with some sumo pulls with a narrow (for sumo) stance.  They didn’t feel too bad so the first set proper I did the first two sumo and it definitely felt better than when I’ve tried in the past – but still not better than conventional.

I tried holding my breath for the entire set of floor presses, but about 3 reps is all I can manage at the moment.  Hoping it will help keep me tighter and maybe stop me making funny noises when I press…

Deadlift

4 x 170kg 375lbs
4 x 170kg 375lbs
4 x 170kg 375lbs
4 x 170kg 375lbs
2 x 170kg 375lbs

Floor Press

6 x 77.5kg 171lbs
6 x 77.5kg 171lbs
6 x 77.5kg 171lbs
6 x 77.5kg 171lbs

 

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Video: Deadlifts and Squats

I had 190kg triples in my head for today, but that wasn’t to be.  Not sure if I’ve just lost a bit of strength or maybe I just haven’t recovered from deadlifts on Monday…

We have lovely new iron plates in the gym which is nice.  But they definitely feel heavier than the old rubber coated ones, the 20’s are a little shorter too, so maybe that is my excuses for being weaker this morning?

For some reason I lacked the ability to count this morning as well.  In my head, 2 20kg plates and a 20kg bar was 40kg.  Then when I thought I was pulling 170, it was 140…

I also discovered today that deadlifting with a big buckled belt is considerably more comfortable if you spin the buckle around! No more digging in to my belly :)

The plan was to alternate between heavy squats and light deadlifts and heavy deadlifts and light squats, but I’m still trying to get the weights right so didn’t feel like I hit the right amount of volume today.  Wasn’t helped by me testing low bar squats, which I did without bicep pain for the first time in months!