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John Enyeart 07-06-2006 09:16 AM

Here's a quick question about the WOD for today, and I think I know the answer, but here we go:

Should I lower the weight on my deadlift if I can't do it with good form?

For example, my body weight is about 130, and last time we did this workout, I was able to do 195lbs, but I realized I was bending my back a little as I did it, so I ended up lowering the weight to 145.

I feel safer lowering the weight, but I also feel like doing 1-1-1-1-1-1-1 reps at 145 is not much of a workout at all...

Anthony Marzolf 07-06-2006 04:22 PM

I think so. If you hurt yourself due to bad form, you won't be able to work out much at all. You could do more reps to get a better workout until your back can support the higher weight. Just my 2 cents
What weight are you starting with? I was under the impression we were supposed to increase weight each rep up to our max. Am I wrong?

(Message edited by amarz on July 06, 2006)

Yavor Marichkov 07-07-2006 06:54 AM

Yup, I also think we ramp up the weight each set. 7 singles with a 1RM weight ain't realistic IMO.

Russ Greene 07-07-2006 07:03 AM

7 singles with 1RM might not be realistic, but 7 singles at 90-95%1RM is, and is a great workout. Oh, and define 1RM as the most weight you can lift with good form. Don't worry about breaking a sweat or whatever, that's not the intention here. Drill the movement pattern and pay close attention to the way your body moves. Most likely the next few WOD's will satisfy your urge for pain. If that's not enough consolation, adding a few 1000 meter row sets after the deadlift might be a good idea.

(Message edited by sinai16 on July 07, 2006)

John Enyeart 07-07-2006 08:23 AM

Thanks for your input everyone. This time around, my 1RM (according to Russ's definition) was actually much higher than the last time we did this WOD.

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