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Weights are getting too easy - Solutions ?

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Post by tilles on Sun Aug 03, 2014 3:06 pm

Heyho guys,
the day has come...the weights in my homegym aren't enough anymore :D
I deadlifted 118kg the other day for three sets of 6 reps ( PR, but there was still more left in the tank) and can't put on more weight the next session.

So what to do ?

I had some ideas : Either switch to Romanian Deadlifts and use the same rep scheme that i used for the deadlifts ( 4x6 - add weight whenever possible), or use the 50:20 approach for the deadlifts with 118kg, or use RDLs with with the 50:20 approach ?

I should add that I found out that my body responds better to a bit higher volume which is why i started using 4x6 instead of 3x5 and since then my deadlift went up.

Suggestions, Ideas ? Just wanted to hear what you guys think about it :)
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Re: Weights are getting too easy - Solutions ?

Post by Dave on Sun Aug 03, 2014 3:27 pm

I did this a year and a half ago.  125 kg x 24 in ~2:20.  Try and beat it!  Use better form though... :oops:  I had still not perfected my set up at that point.



There are lots of options beyond this, of course.  You could do single arm deadlifts for grip strength, speed deadlifts and cleans for explosiveness, etc.  But I do like high rep/volume deadlifts as long as you can do the movement safely once fatigue starts setting in, but watch your hamstrings, they will be sore for a good few days afterwards!
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Re: Weights are getting too easy - Solutions ?

Post by Journeyman on Sun Aug 03, 2014 11:47 pm

RDL for 4x6 until you either reach 118kg or stall; and then RDL for 50/20.

Dead stop deadlifts should not be done with 50/20 or any form of density routine.

Anyway, once you do that you should definitely get another pair of 20kg plates!
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Post by CheesedogTheFirst on Mon Aug 04, 2014 1:07 am

Slow negatives, pause halfway up or down, do 1-leg deadlifts.
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Post by Dave on Mon Aug 04, 2014 9:14 am

Journeyman wrote:Dead stop deadlifts should not be done with 50/20 or any form of density routine.

I guess that is one way to avoid the hamstring soreness! I never really did much touch and go (or stopping short of the floor) so I just didn't think of it.
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Re: Weights are getting too easy - Solutions ?

Post by Journeyman on Fri Aug 08, 2014 6:13 pm

TnG reps and/or RDLs will actually shift more focus to the hamstrings, generally.

TnG shouldn't be done by people who can't get 2x bwt. for at least a couple solid reps, though, imo. It's quite hard to maintain good positioning.
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Re: Weights are getting too easy - Solutions ?

Post by hedwards on Fri Aug 08, 2014 6:47 pm

Are you being a complete stickler for wringing out all the possible gains from the lifts? One of the things I remember from before I had to give up weights was that there's a huge amount of variation in terms of difficulty on the same lift with the same amount of weights.

I assume that you're already using the completely proper form, pausing at the beginning and end of the motion. But, it seems worth mentioning on the offchance that somebody isn't doing that who thinks the weights are too easy.

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Post by Guitar_maniac on Sun Mar 01, 2015 5:50 pm

Have you tried static holds on deadlift? I DL about 130, tried holding it static at 70kg on just below the knees (i read somewhere that this is the "weakest" position during the lift), been using it as a finisher for a while now. Feel's good man! especially on the core.
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