Huge congrats man! I know the feeling, I just hit it about 3 months ago, and as of today, hit 480 once, for two sets...They just take off! Keep chasing 5 plates man!
Gratz on 4 plates. Keep up your core work and don't go overboard on deadlifting cause it taxes the hell out of your CNS then 5 plates and no flesh left on your shins will happen in no time.
Theres no better feeling than being able to slap another plate on the bar then kicking its ass.
Congrats on the 4 plates. I do all the big compound lifts but for me nothing compares to deadlifts. It requires a lot of total body strength but also a ton of mental strength. The first time you hit a milestone like 4 plates it feels so heavy. But then the next time you pull you already know you can lift it so you go up to the bar with more confidence, knowing hey, I can do this. I seems it took forever for me to get to 4 plates but once I did it the first time it quickly became an easy lift that could be done for reps. Then 5 plates was the same way. Used to think “No way I can ever get five plates” but once I did it the first time, I never missed that lift again and now on a good day I can get 2-3 reps. 6 plates….well….I will let you know when I get there. One of the things I love so much about deads is that you can really get psyched up before a lift and then rip the bar off the floor. Compare that to a heavy squat and no matter how mentally prepared and amped you get, you still feel that weight on the way down and it is hard to not to think OMG…this is HEAVY. With deads it is easier to sneak up on it. By the time your mind/body tries to tell you this is heavy the bar is already passing your knees and then there is no looking back.
I agree, once you get it the first time, it is yours. I got up to 435 last summer, and layed off going heavy for a while. About a month ago I put on 405 to see if I could still get it, and it went right up. I am going to have to push for the 5 plates one of these days.
Nice to see that people are still checking this thread out. I took some major time off from the gym, and I don’t even think I can come close to pulling 405 right now. Hopefully in due time we’ll see. For now I’m easing myself back into.
Whaler, you got a great back going there by the way...nice proportions and GREAT detail
Thanks so much for the back comments. It seems there are 3 types of guys. The big guys that get size easily but have to work for definition, the slim guys that easily get definition but have a hard time putting on size and then the guys that grow big easily with lots of definition (I hate those guys…ok, not hate, more like jealousy). I am one of the skinny guys that have to eat all the time and lift heavy to put on any weight at all. Deadifts and squats are also a big help, as I believe they will signal your body to grow more than any other exercises.
You said since you have been away from the gym for a while you may not come close to pulling 405 again. I do not believe that. If not, you may be surprised how quickly you get back to that level, then beyond.
Best advice I can give for anybody wanting to pull a big 1RM (not including training, etc):
1) Be confident. If you think there is a chance you may not pull the weight, you will not pull it. You can doubt yourself up to the time you grab the bar, but once you grip it, you must believe 100% that the weight is going up.
2) Use a power belt. I used to use a tapered bodybuilding belt but it was allowing me to use bad form at times which is a big no no in heavy deads. When I switched to a powerbelt my weights went down because it changed my groove a little but it did not take long to get back to my previous level and then pass it.
3) If you use straps, stop, and start using a reverse grip with chalk. I think you lose too much intensity and a little rebound affect in you legs and back while you are wrapping the straps.
4) Have a buddy stand behind you and right before you bend down to grab the bar have him slap you on top of your traps….HARD. I cannot explain why this works but I know it does work. Josh Thigpen, a professional strongman that goes to my gym got me to try that and it works. There is just something about a guy the size of Josh slapping your traps and yelling at you that makes you want to grab that bar and rip it off the floor.
donk is spot on about deads taxing the hell out of your CNS. I'm only pulling every other week now, and it's helped a lot. Hit 500 for 10 a couple weeks ago (that was a big PR), as I'm getting ready to start competing in strongman again.
Congrats on the 405, you'll have 5 plates in no time.
I’m definitely an endomorph. I grow pretty easily, but struggle for definition. I’m still yet to have visible abs during my bodybuilding career. Even when my diet isn’t in line I can still put on the size and strength pretty easily. It’s funny how that the endo’s wish they were ecto’s and the ecto’s wish they were endo’s. Or maybe you could just say that we all wish were mesomorphs…
I definitely agree with you on the straps. I got into a habit of using them all the time, and my grip strength seemed to suffer as a result. Another thing which I definitely noticed as well was the rebound effect in which you had mentioned. It’s funny how just in that little time it takes to wrap the straps you can actually lose some pre-lift strength in your legs.
As for your tip with having a buddy give you a slap on the back, I’m going to definitely give that a shot. Sounds like a really good way to get amped up. Hell, if it works for Ronnie Coleman I might as well give it a go.
Anyways, thanks for the tips on building my deadlift back to where it used to be and for the encouragement as well. Reps for you for taking the time to give some quality insight!
500 for 10!!! Holy crap, you must let out a big when you pull 405!!! Damn I need to get my numbers up
congrats on 405, i remember when I hit 405 it was such a mental rush. How tall are you? Im 6'3 and it sucks ive been stuck at the 440lb range for somewhile
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I'm 5'11, so I'm not exactly on the taller side. But I have short legs which I feel gives me a slight advantage when it comes to deadlifting and squatting.