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Old 02-12-2014, 10:20 AM   #11
Adam Shreim
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Re: Deadlift stalled

I was able to break over the 405 hump (also stuck at 395) by doing a lot of clean and snatch pulls. By working on speed, I could pull it quicker, rather than trying to grind it up. Sometimes just getting it off of the ground, without rounding my back, was the problem.

Wasn't really intentional, but I noticed it helps every time I go to DL. I imagine banded lifts would help.

I think I am going to follow Drew's advice and try a 2" D-DL for the next 2 months and see if I can consistently hit 405 and try to push to 415+.
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Old 02-19-2014, 03:28 PM   #12
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Re: Deadlift stalled

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What got me over the hump to get to the 405 mark (I was also stuck at 385 for a long time) was taking some of the cues from Kelly Starret's video on finding torque. Once I got a better starting stance, i.e. loading my hamstrings more, in addition to just using the lower back muscles, I immediately jumped 20 lbs in my DL PR.

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http://youtu.be/mjbvf0P0bas

The whole video is good, but I'm specifically referring to where he talks about stance and setup toward the end. This may or may not apply to you, but it worked for me. Good luck.

Jason! I tried screwing my feet into the floor and dropping my hips today, and I finally pulled 400. I actually could have pulled 405 or 410. Thank you so much for the tip. It felt slower on the lockout this way, but way faster off the floor.

Guys I will also work in so e deficit deads. Thanks everyone.
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Old 02-19-2014, 03:34 PM   #13
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Re: Deadlift stalled

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Have you tried implementing Good Mornings? I pulled 370 (30 lb PR) last week after not DL'ing for a couple weeks, and I feel like I can credit that to Good mornings.. Just a thought.
Absolutely this. If you aren't doing good mornings then you need to.
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Old 02-20-2014, 10:44 AM   #14
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Re: Deadlift stalled

Don't neglect change plates, too. Don't go for the 5 pound jump. Make much smaller jumps and you'll get there along with the other advice given.
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Old 02-27-2014, 11:22 AM   #15
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Re: Deadlift stalled

My suggestion would be to raise your worse level when reping.

By this i mean increase the number of reps you do at the higher end of the scale but with weights are still under your 400lb limit.

My best lift in a comp was 240kgs or 528lbs when i weighed 80kgs using this method. Even though this was 20yrs ago i can still pull of a 400lb dealift without any problem.

What i did and still do is increase the number of reps so i can do at least 4 at a high weight when i hit 6 reps at that weight i increase the weight again. If i could do 6 reps the weight is too light so i added more weight. Now i keep on doing this until i get to my limit where i cannot do 4 reps at a specific weight.

So my goal next time i trained was to start at a weight that i knew was the last time i could hit 6 reps (after warming up) i would hit a set of 6.

Then raise the weight and then go for 4 reps
raise the weight and go for 2 reps
raise the weight and go for 1 rep
raise the weight and go for 1 rep
until i can not lift the weight anymore.

then the next week i would start with a slightly heavier weight and follow the same procedure.

I found that this method was tough but i had a plan and saw this as a way to beat my fears and break the limits.

Hope this was clear and not confusing.... i am sure i might need to edit this text later....

oh and one more thing - ask someone to have a quick look at your form and make sure you are making the most of it.
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Old 04-13-2014, 05:21 AM   #16
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Re: Deadlift stalled

Thank you all for the great advice. I finally pulled 400. I got there by pulling heavier weights on the trap bar. Explosive squats out of the hole. And weight flute bridges, and good mornings.
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Old 04-13-2014, 05:55 AM   #17
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Re: Deadlift stalled

Nice, good work!
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Old 04-14-2014, 05:11 AM   #18
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Re: Deadlift stalled

+1

for deficit deadlifts and snatch grip deads.

For deficit deadlifts change which deficits you use, 1-4 inches.
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Old 04-14-2014, 08:46 AM   #19
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Re: Deadlift stalled

The biggest improvement to my deadlifts came bizarrely from not doing them! I was pulling 230 singles, had done a triple at 210, but couldnt move on.
I then didnt hit deadlifts for 8 months, instead training with a bodybuilder and doing LOADS of direct hamstring work. My hams increased in strength ridiculously over this period. After 8 months, one evening I tried deadlifting out of curiosity. Driving through my hams, I went and pulled 4 sets of 3 at 210, something I couldnt do when I was actually training deadlifts. The biggest factor by far was feeling how much my hams engaged.
So now, I never neglect hams training!
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Old 04-14-2014, 01:52 PM   #20
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Re: Deadlift stalled

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My deadlift has been stalled under 400 lbs for a long time. I pull once a week conventional. The most I've pulled is 395. I can consistently pull 385 conventional and sumo. I can rack pull 405+ mid shin.
I've tried all kinds of rep schemes. 5/3/1 , 5x5, pyramids, heavy singles . I can't seem to pull 405 from the floor. I have a strong grip and I've gained size and strength in all my other lifts. Any suggestions ?
Bob, can you send a video to me of you pulling?

What do you do otherwise for strength?

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