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Big Deadlifters...Please speak

I would like to hear from some big deadlifters and see how
weight they are pulling, how long they been working on them, where they started at and bodyweight. Also interested in any
obscure training methods, etc.
I myself have been powerlifting for 20 months. Started with a
max lift of roughly 400 at 210 bodyweight. Now at 226 bodyweight
with a max of 530...will be greater at Feb 28 meet....I guarantee!
Speak Up Guys
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    Big-AL
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    RE: Big Deadlifters...Please speak 2004/02/03 19:49:13 (permalink)
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    Well the first time i deadlifted i had been training badly for about 6 years! on and off.

    When i first deadlifted i weighed around 180 lbs and deadlifted about 264 lbs.

    The best i did was at about 230 lbs and deadlifted either 540 or 550 lbs, i am not sure whether i used collars or not![:I]

    Not that big but more that i could do right now with my back playing up!

    AL
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    RE: Big Deadlifters...Please speak 2004/02/03 23:56:47 (permalink)
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    very first day in gym tryed dead lift started on 60kg for 10reps
    80kgs for 8reps/100kgs for 3reps/140kgsfor 3 reps /160kgs for 1rep
    180kgs for 1rep,gym owner asked if i would start power lifting
    all was going good untill i pulled a tendon at work ,bodyweight at time
    was 102kgs tendon as now healed ok, so going to start again ,will post on my progress
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    RE: Big Deadlifters...Please speak 2004/02/04 00:18:41 (permalink)
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    286lbs @ 175lb bw which is not enough!! only been dealifting about 6 months though. my mate weighs 200lbs and deadlifted 374lbs for reps, thats all the oly wieght we have at our gym so he couldnt try his max.
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    RE: Big Deadlifters...Please speak 2004/02/04 03:27:31 (permalink)
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    tbowman:

    Max deadlift weight: 607 pounds
    Time: 20 years
    Bodyweight: 205 pounds

    Unfortunately, I still need to add at least 70 pounds to be competitive in the drug-free masters category here in the tri-state area. I've tried going up to 219 pounds to stay in the same weight class, but my deadlift didn't go up.

    I've used pretty basic movements to get my deadlift up. Mostly, I've relied on doing deadlifts at different depths, from being elevated 3" on a platform to heavy rack pulls of only a few inches. For me the biggest difference in my deadlift has come from devoting full effort to my squats.

    If you have any suggestions on different techniques, please share them. I've probably tried most.
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    RE: Big Deadlifters...Please speak 2004/02/04 08:21:04 (permalink)
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    Max deadlift weight: 760 pounds
    Time: 12 years
    Bodyweight: 260 pounds

    Currently deadlifting 737lb, don't do anything special but the main thing I have found over the past 6 years is that it is so easy to overtrain and stress the nervous system deadlifting. I do one heavy set per workout going up to 704lb for 5 and every third workout make sure I take a week off. I also found that leg pressing helps me to get used to the heavy strain at the top of the thigh when deadlifting. If I concentrate solely on squats and neglect leg press I struggle to deadlift the usual weights with the same sort of form.
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    RE: Big Deadlifters...Please speak 2004/02/04 09:33:30 (permalink)
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    bencher you and frankie are the kings at the Mo. my dead comes along in fits and starts. it progresses nicely but then hits a brick wall and starts to go back. i have recently switched to a more westside approach training box squat and deadlifting every other week and it seems to be helping.... ever so slightly max dead at the mo is 510 no wraps
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    RE: Big Deadlifters...Please speak 2004/02/04 09:57:44 (permalink)
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    704 for 5, that's big bencher!
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    RE: Big Deadlifters...Please speak 2004/02/04 10:08:39 (permalink)
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    Are these weights with wrist straps or not?

    My grip is the only thing holding me back at the moment, can do over 200K with wraps but stuck at 170k without.

    Not thinking of using them cos i want my grip to catch up but was curious about your lifts
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    RE: Big Deadlifters...Please speak 2004/02/04 10:33:25 (permalink)
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    Well I started only 8 montsh ago, deadlifting that is and I think I am doing okish...my aim is to go 440 plus this year.

    Currently weigh 203lbs (overweight) and 1RM is 385lbs.
    I think I need to start proper heavy squats to go with my chest and other compunds and this may give me sme more overall strength to get the dead up a bit more.

    Aims this year are to loose around 15 pounds of fat and maybe add some muscle and also get the dead and squat up!!
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    RE: Big Deadlifters...Please speak 2004/02/04 10:39:42 (permalink)
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    quote:
    Originally posted by shreklikedave

    Are these weights with wrist straps or not?

    My grip is the only thing holding me back at the moment, can do over 200K with wraps but stuck at 170k without.

    Not thinking of using them cos i want my grip to catch up but was curious about your lifts



    when doing reps I use wraps. When I am training for a specific exercise I don't want what I would consider to be a weak area of mine (grip) limiting the reps I can perform on the deadlift and therefore wasting a set. I always do heavy hangs and grips after though and go up to 400-450kg for holds.
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    RE: Big Deadlifters...Please speak 2004/02/04 10:43:19 (permalink)
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    quote:
    Originally posted by bigmac

    bencher you and frankie are the kings at the Mo. my dead comes along in fits and starts. it progresses nicely but then hits a brick wall and starts to go back. i have recently switched to a more westside approach training box squat and deadlifting every other week and it seems to be helping.... ever so slightly max dead at the mo is 510 no wraps



    I used to suffer the same thing when I trainied every week with deads. I found that I was getting flu's and colds and felt generally sore, as soon as I cut back on the training my lifts improved and I felt strong again. I haven't ever trained using westside so I couldn't comment but if a gym is throwing out 20 900lb squatters then it must be worth looking into
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    RE: Big Deadlifters...Please speak 2004/02/04 15:50:28 (permalink)
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    quote:
    Originally posted by shreklikedave

    Are these weights with wrist straps or not?


    No straps. Never used them, never will. If you have the luxury, the best thing you can do is to deadlift on a 2" thick bar for 6 months. Then go back to the Olympic bar. You'll be able to hold on to anything. It will almost seem like a joke.
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    RE: Big Deadlifters...Please speak 2004/02/04 18:39:49 (permalink)
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    god this thread makes me feel weak
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    RE: Big Deadlifters...Please speak 2004/02/04 19:45:30 (permalink)
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    quote:
    I've used pretty basic movements to get my deadlift up. Mostly, I've relied on doing deadlifts at different depths, from being elevated 3" on a platform to heavy rack pulls of only a few inches. For me the biggest difference in my deadlift has come from devoting full effort to my squats.
    If you have any suggestions on different techniques, please share them. I've probably tried most.


    I've done a little of all these methods - Think rack pulls helped the most. I don't train with straps, however out of curiousity
    I rack pulled 600 with them. I really believe box pulling can help, but with some risk involved IMO. And finally I fully agree that a squat committment is vital to up your deadlift...My dead was
    150 lbs heavier than my squat 9 months ago. Now only about 75 behind dead.
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    RE: Big Deadlifters...Please speak 2004/02/05 09:00:03 (permalink)
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    jonny do you do your GM's stiff leg back arched?
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    RE: Big Deadlifters...Please speak 2004/02/05 11:51:26 (permalink)
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    deadlift = 400
    at a bodyweight of 165lbs
    18 years old
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    RE: Big Deadlifters...Please speak 2004/02/05 13:16:05 (permalink)
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    veasy, that is excellent at your bw+age. well done mate.

    mine, i am 147lbs today and i pulled 335 last week. am 20y/o and have been DLing with serious strength intentions for about 8 months.
    rob
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    RE: Big Deadlifters...Please speak 2004/02/05 13:17:35 (permalink)
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    P.S. bencher, thats a BIG pull, whats your total?
    rob
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    RE: Big Deadlifters...Please speak 2004/02/05 21:43:05 (permalink)
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    antonydent:
    max deadlift weight: 709 LB
    time deadlifting: 5 years
    bodyweight: 222 LB

    I have been deadlifting now for about 5 years. I enjoy deadlifting very much, it's my best lift out of the three.
    I put my deadlifting strength down to a genetically strong back.
    The first time i deadlifted was when i was 16 and deadlifted 315 LB with total ease.
    I only trained for 3 months before i deadlifted for the first time.
    By the time i was 18 years old 5 plates a side (495 LB), but there after like all good things it slowed down.
    I changed my technique a great deal, because i was using just brute strength rather than technique and skill.
    After adjusting everything with my technique - such as looking ahead rather than looking down, having a strong mind-muscle connection with my leg, glute, and back muscles. - Synergy.
    I think this new deadlifting technique is in its self - an art.
    Thats why now im deadlifting over 700 LB
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