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Old 04-25-2012, 11:08 AM   #1
Brett Benes
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Deadlift, touch and go?

Obviously during a WOD it's better to touch and go on the deadlifts as it's a lot quicker, however what about when training for strength? I'm following Wendlers 5/3/1 and thus far have been doing my deadlifts pausing after each rep. For me the first rep from the ground in a WOD is always the hardest so I figure it requires more strength, so wouldn't doing this every rep build more strength? Maybe I'm wrong, but what's the best way to train for strength on deadlifts?
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Old 04-25-2012, 11:48 AM   #2
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Re: Deadlift, touch and go?

Resetting on every rep is better for strength. That's how I do my 5/3/1 lifts.

When lifting for WODs where I'm just getting work done, then I do touch & go.

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Old 04-25-2012, 01:52 PM   #3
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Re: Deadlift, touch and go?

A deadlift should be done from a dead stop from the floor, no momentum or bouncing to aid the lift. At least for Wendler 531 and most other strength programs, I'm sure touch n go has its place with more advanced programs.

Nothing makes me cringe more than watching people do deadlifts during a crossfit WOD for speed, it's horrifying to watch.
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Old 04-25-2012, 02:58 PM   #4
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Re: Deadlift, touch and go?

When going heavy I'm not sure how you could go without doing a little pause at the bottom. Unless you try an hold your breath for a few reps, I think you'd need to pause to take in a nice big breath and set your core and back before hitting the next rep.

I recently switched to the Wendler program and find that I am probably taking 3-5 seconds pause between the last few reps I grind out on the 5+, 3+ and 1+ work sets.

When I drop the weight to do my Boring But Big assistance work I'll do touch n' go.
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Old 04-25-2012, 03:10 PM   #5
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Re: Deadlift, touch and go?

Wendler says in the book that you can either Touch and Go or Reset/Regrip on your deadlifts. Either is acceptable. But Touch and Go ends up causing some issues off the floor over time , but does help get used to very high rep sets (is my experience).

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When going heavy I'm not sure how you could go without doing a little pause at the bottom. Unless you try an hold your breath for a few reps, I think you'd need to pause to take in a nice big breath and set your core and back before hitting the next rep.
You breath in at the top of the rep.
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Old 04-25-2012, 05:01 PM   #6
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Re: Deadlift, touch and go?

The answer, like it almost always is, is that it depends.

If I was given the choice of only ever doing either, I'd dead stop each time.
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Old 04-30-2012, 11:25 PM   #7
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Re: Deadlift, touch and go?

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You breath in at the top of the rep.

Are you suggesting to wait and breathe in after you stand with the weight? Breathing in and holding it from the bottom helps protect the spine by increasing intra-abdominal pressure.
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Old 05-01-2012, 09:56 AM   #8
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Re: Deadlift, touch and go?

You still pressurize at the start, then lift, but then at the top is a "rest" where you take a quick breath and re-pressurize. This lets you then touch & go the next rep, and breathe at the top again.

Otherwise you have to hold your breath through the whole touch & go set, which is difficult
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Old 05-01-2012, 10:44 AM   #9
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Re: Deadlift, touch and go?

Simple in my opinion, going heavy I go from dead start each time, and metcons is touch and go. Doing Diane with resetting would be a different workout.
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Old 05-01-2012, 12:23 PM   #10
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Re: Deadlift, touch and go?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z_0jycOV6i4 (WFS)

Richard Hawthorne, the first guy in this video does touch and go. Seems to work well.

It's all personal preference. Which way will make YOU and YOU ALONE as strong as you can be? In order to figure that out, experiment.

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