Saturday, June 18, 2011

Training - Deadlift

Bodyweight - 259  <- weird

Warm ups - good girl bad girl machines, calf press, seated leg curls - 3 rounds of about 15-20 per machine

Deadlifts -
135 x 20 stiff leg
225 x 5
315 x 4
405 x 3
500 x 2

545 x 1
585 x 1
620 x 1

Elevated Stiff Legs - 455 x 11 PR  coulda easily done 12 or 13.  Don't know why I didn't.

Shrugs - 585 x 6

Notes - Didn't expect to have a decent session this morning as I had a couple of drinks last night and yesterday, mentally/emotionally, was fairly draining.  I've had a rough week and my streak of giving people unworthy 2nd chances continues.  I'll talk more about this next week in the usual thoughts about post.

Feeling good about my pulls right now.  620 felt easy.  I'm good for 660-670ish I think right now.


  1. Do you get nervous or psyche up before your lifts?
    You don't appear to be anxious or anything.
    I'm of the opinion now that one should pretty much reserve nerves for a competition, but some people really thrive off of psyching up and feel it's a necessity.

  2. You are correct, I don't psyche up. I do more what I call internalizing or concentrating. As much as people like to talk about Benni and his little ritual, he only does that before a big pull. If you watch him in in training he's very calm and relaxed. Ed Coan is the same way. Very calm outwardly, but obviously he knows how to focus.

    I personally think that psyching up for me does nothing. It just takes away energy. I know some guys that do all that talking and yelling and shit, and personally it just looks stupid to me, regardless of how much he's lifting.

    Second, I think there is a bit of a mental toll that doing all that psyching up takes. You can't get up like that week after week. It's pretty much impossible. So I concentrate and focus before a set so I can channel my energy, then essentially release it into the set, rather than outwardly, acting like a monkey on meth, before my hands even touch the bar.

  3. I agree about the mental psyche up taking a toll on you. When i was in high school I was constantly talking and running my mouth and yelling during weights and sports.

    My football coach finally told me to shut the hell up and stop wasting so much energy. I did, and all of a sudden I was able to lift a whole lot more and last longer on the field. Don't know if this was just me focusing more on what I was doing or if it actually helped, but to this day I do absolutely no yelling/talking when I work out. I simply lift.

  4. I personally think it's hard to focus when you're acting like a monkey. I have seen some guys actually talking and shit WHILE the lift is going on. Talk about retarded.