Pick Up The World | #RoadTo600

I settle the wavering barbell onto the ground as chalk dust is thrown into the small atmosphere my weight creates. As I release my grip the calluses surrounding my palms cry out in anguish. The ground around me sinks back under the shear pressure of my most recent success.

To be honest, I don’t know why it has taken me so long to write about my deadlift escapades. I’ve written about squat, but never really about deadlift. With every obstacle I face I am still able to add more weight to the weeping metal. It seems that I am on some yellow brick road to a triple body weight deadlift, and instead of a tin man I have an iron one by my side. An itch in my belly has alluded me to write about how I plan on reaching this 600 pound deadlift.

This week’s pulls were heavy and repetitious. I began with my usual warm up of stacking plates like pancakes until the barbell weighed an easy 530. I normally pull from a 4 inch block on my heavy deadlift days. This puts the barbell at my stick point: around midshin. The principal idea is that if I can lift it from my weakest point then I can lift it no matter what. 3 sets of 2 reps and the first part of my workout was over. Today’s crucial tip is lower back bend. To set up the lift I had to arch my lower back into a lordotic curve. Once the lower back is tight your hamstrings will be able to help drag the bar up your shins and off the floor. Also, I don’t want to ignore the fact that I gave myself a black eye from lifting so heavy. Please send you mancredits to endunamooX[at]gmail.com

Next I dropped the weight a few hundred pounds and performed some sumo pulls; not too heavy but not too light. I should also mention that I normally lift traditionally, that’s pretty important. My sumo pulls are for hip mobility and strength, not just for the sake of sumo deadlifts. 3 sets of 3 at 395 pounds was an easy triple-triple. I finished the day with some RDLs and classic stretching.

So class, remember today’s lesson: tighten your back and perform sumos for hip power. See you next week. 

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The impact of three different forms of warm up on performance

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Graduate from Midwestern State University, founder of Endunamoo Barbell Club, and Endunamoo Strength and Conditioning. Working to help athletes physically reach their goals and achieve scholarships while spiritually pouring into as many people as possible on all platforms.