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  • #16
    the number in lbs sounds so much more impressive than in kgs. the way we have been doing it has been working well. 3 sets of 5 reps. first set at previous week's weight. next 2 sets add 2.5kgs. when we get to 90kgs, the plan is going to change as it has been getting harder. i also do lots of other stuff as well. so not just deadlifts. we do full body as i only train once a week.

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    • #17
      Originally posted by seaweed View Post
      the number in lbs sounds so much more impressive than in kgs. the way we have been doing it has been working well. 3 sets of 5 reps. first set at previous week's weight. next 2 sets add 2.5kgs. when we get to 90kgs, the plan is going to change as it has been getting harder. i also do lots of other stuff as well. so not just deadlifts. we do full body as i only train once a week.
      1. Awesome work!!
      2. I list my weights in pounds partly because I'm American but mostly because it looks like I lifted more!! LOL!
      3. Training once per week: are you ever sore? If so, for how long?

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      • #18
        not from deadlifting. i always get sore pecs for some reason and i feel my tris and lats sometimes but legs and ass rarely and i do try hard. the pain usually lasts a day or 2. i walk lots so that helps get rid of it.

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        • #19
          At what weight should one use a belt when dead lifting?

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          • #20
            Originally posted by StupidFatHobbit View Post
            At what weight should one use a belt when dead lifting?
            Last warm-ups and your work set.
            The Champagne of Beards

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            • #21
              But I mean at what bar weight? (I guess relative to body weight.)

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              • #22
                I know, but it doesn't matter. Once you're taxing your abs in their role as spinal stabilizers, it will allow you to contract harder and produce more force. If it's heavy for you, it's heavy enough for a belt. Just don't wear it until your final warm-up set.
                The Champagne of Beards

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                • #23
                  The Belt and the Deadlift

                  Originally posted by StupidFatHobbit View Post
                  But I mean at what bar weight? (I guess relative to body weight.)
                  The first time I lifted 265, I couldn't brace and hold my abs very well. I got it up but my form was C+ at best. So I decided to belt Now I don't belt until 285lbs. As I get stronger, I belt later and later. I don't think this method is scientific but I like it.

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                  • #24
                    I tried a belt on a whim, not because I was unable to lift the weight or even thought it was necessary. I wanted to see what it felt like. When I tried it, I understood. All it does is let you get firmer in your abdomen. And it sort of teaches you what that firmness should feel like if you are someone who hasn't been doing that very well. So it's not like you need it at a specific weight. Just try it out on your final set and you'll understand what it does. Then you can decide if you want to use it.
                    Female, 5'3", 50, Max squat: 202.5lbs. Max deadlift: 225 x 3.

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                    • #25
                      Originally posted by seaweed View Post
                      i find mixed grip makes me feel unbalanced. i already feel like one side is stronger than the other and my spine is twisted from carrying small children for years on the same hip. mixed grip is easier as i dont lose my grip but then if i can find some chalk to use, i dont either.
                      This is me too. When I try mixed grip I feel I lean to one side more.

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                      • #26
                        OK thanks. Sounds like I should try it as I'm getting close to 400 lb.

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                        • #27
                          Originally posted by StupidFatHobbit View Post
                          OK thanks. Sounds like I should try it as I'm getting close to 400 lb.
                          Yup, you should. I belt up for all warm-ups after 315 and my work sets.
                          The Champagne of Beards

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                          • #28
                            I hate you guys. Now I'm thinking about buying a belt or two even though I don't want to.

                            Sent via lightsaber

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                            • #29
                              On 5/3/1, I always do the lightest deadlift work set of the three with no belt and a double overhand grip. It's helped me to increase my grip strength and not rely on my belt too much.
                              In matters of style, swim with the current. In matters of principle, stand like a rock.

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                              • #30
                                Originally posted by Jefferson1775 View Post
                                On 5/3/1, I always do the lightest deadlift work set of the three with no belt and a double overhand grip. It's helped me to increase my grip strength and not rely on my belt too much.
                                I need to shift some attention to my grip strength. I had to mix grip starting at 250 or so because it was slipping from my hands. I've never revisited that and pushed it to see if I can hold a bit more weight now double overhand. Hhhmmm...I'll think about that on next deadlift day.

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