Friday’s Beast Deadlift Log (and the Zombie Apocalypse) 11-3-11

    Surviving hoards of brain-eating zombies is enough of a challenge without the added burden of extreme muscle soreness. Yet, I have to protect my children. That’s part of my job, right?

Please ponder this because it’s important.

For those of you who train hard – I mean really train hard – do you ever wonder how you would cope if the Zombie Apocalypse occurred a day or two after heavy squat or deadlift training?

This is one of the things I think about. Maybe I think about it too much.

Surviving hoards of brain-eating zombies is enough of a challenge without the added burden of extreme muscle soreness. Yet, I have to protect my children. That’s part of my job, right?

“Holy shi!! They are breaking through the front door!”

“Brains! Brains! We eat brains.”

“Hold on. Hold on. I have to stretch and foam roll before I can run!”

Hell, I have to stretch and foam roll before I can walk fast.

Yeah, I don’t think that’s going to work, but I digress.

Training for the Zombie Apocalypse

Training for the Zombie Apocalypse

… back to the deadlift training.

If you’ve been following this blog closely, you’re aware at one point I was trying to maintain a training log – “The Beast’s Log.” Then because of certain time restrictions (i.e. my life – or lack thereof), sadly, I fell off the “training log wagon.”

In lieu of the full training log, I am going to attempt to keep a log of my deadlift progression. The deadlift is the lift I have struggled with the most over the past two years. My intention is to publish every Friday. We’ll know in a few weeks how successful I was at this endeavor.

Thursday’s Deadlift Training:

I started dreading the deadlift training Thursday morning at 6:30; I felt beat. Just dog tired. I knew the odds were that I wouldn’t feel any better at 8:30 pm (which is when I would be taking my first pull), and, if anything, I would be more tired.

I arrived at BEAST early (for me) at 7:45 pm and somehow found my second wind; it really helped that I had a great group of 3 other guys to pull with … the encouragement, as well as the taunting, really helped me get through a tough workout.

To be honest, the taunting began at 3:45 with a text I received. I can’t share the text in this forum (because of the “R” rating), however it basically suggested that after deadlifting I would be home with the covers pulled up over my head, crying like a little baby … then it mocked me for experimenting with a “hook-grip” last week, because it caused my thumbs to bleed from the pressure.

Essentially, after I completed the deadlift program I was spent. I did a little bit of abs and then shut it down for the night. I am hoping to add more assistance work next week.

Some of the early pulls weren’t as smooth as I’d hoped they would be, but once I got into the swing (by the third set), I felt really good. I was especially happy with the double w/ 540. Both reps felt fast and easy.

I’m still working on honing my technique (especially pulling back through my heels) and we are all really working to cue each other to use leg drive at the beginning of the pull, while keeping the chest up.

Here’s week 2 of the Program to Evict the Deadlift Demons:

Week 2:
Perceived Max: ~600

    Conventional Deadlift
    4 x 4 with 420 (70% of perceived max)
    1 x 2 with 480 (80% of perceived max)
    1 x 2 with 540 (90% of perceived max)
    1 x 10 with 420 (70% of perceived max)

Ab work (very little)

Will add additional assistance exercises in Week 3

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2 Comments to "Friday’s Beast Deadlift Log (and the Zombie Apocalypse) 11-3-11"

  1. November 5, 2011 - 11:46 pm | Permalink

    I could remember after my final set and of course after my brief collapse (which I believe to be the deadlift demon taking control of me), I strolled over to you slowly with an eerie, dazed look. I did feel a bit hungry, though I am sure I told myself brains was not part of my powerlifting diet. Glad to have kicked the demon out quickly. See you tomorrow under the bar.

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