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    Do any of you guys find it awkward to do heavy sets of deadlifts for multiple reps?

    After pulling my heavy set today .... I then did 4 sets of 3 reps with only about 30 seconds rest in between sets .... 'speed reps' I think is what powerlifters call sets like that.

    That was with a weight that I could easily of done 12 reps or more with in a regular non-stop set.

    Just curious. I am wanting to do deadlifts on one of my back thickness days ... but more than 5 reps in a set, at any weight, just feels awkward to me.

    Anybody else run DL's in their DC training and if so ... what method do you use? A full rest\pause between reps while still holding on to the bar, or touch and go. (or 'bounce and go' if you watch some youtube video's haha)
    I train Dogg Crapp. When not training DC ... sometimes I train arms 3x to 5x per week. Sometimes I train 'modified dogg crapp' which includes an 'arms only' day.

  • #2
    Personally I don't do deadlifts for reps anymore. I have a back injury that was caused by my form getting shitty when I get fatigued, so for me it's crucial that my form stay tight. I am of the opinion that for back thickness (on DC) it might be better to go with rack deads (or deadlifts off blocks) to lessen the toll on the legs.
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    • #3
      What feels awkward about it?

      I like doing deads in my DC training. I know the "proper" way of deadlifting is a dead stop but I like touch-and-go because I feel more tension (and theoretically, more stimulation) in the back which is what I want. Touch-and-go also teaches me to go slow on those negatives which I feel, if done properly and you know what feels right, adds more stimulus.
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      • #4
        Same boat as Sammich as far as injury and I don't pull anything close to his numbers. I too battled with this question and just did them pretty much as prescribed a heavy set followed by a "lighter" set. I would deload each rep on the floor.

        I personally like rack deads, trap bard deads and HS plate loaded deads more as far as higher reps are concerned.
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        • #5
          I do my reps with the trap bar.
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          • #6
            If I get into deads for reps I use more of the cluster method. For instance, using 80-85% of my 1RM I will do 3-4 sets of 3-8 reps with 10-15 seconds between each pull. I have also done some clusters that are 5,4,3,2,1 with 50-60% of 1RM with 15-20 seconds between each round of reps. So 5 pulls rest 15 sec, 4 pulls rest 15 sec, etc, etc. This allows me to get the reps in without getting sloppy.
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            • #7
              I'm debating going to a trap bar or doing my rack pulls with a cambered bar to get my hands back alittle/better back position and put even more emphasis on upper back. Past few months as my rack pull Weight increases I start thinking about injury and if it's worth it to keep this exercise in. Obviously the goal is to get brutally strong, which brings risk. But atleast for me deadlift/variants always seem to get me eventually.

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              • #8
                Trap Bar 250kg X 8 and 200kg X 21 prior to rotating it out. Kept worrying about injury as you say.

                Rack Deads this week only doing 180kg X 15, such a different movement.

                I am sure you will be worrying about injury no matter what you lift when it comes to any deadlift movement.
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