Who out there is doing deadlifts? I have been doing them since about the second or third week of beginning this process. I believe that together with squats and pushups, they have been instrumental in helping me to transform my physique to the point that people over the last month or two have been calling me ‘slim’ and ‘in shape’. Take a look at the picture on this post to see why. Look at the amount of muscles in your body that the deadlift has direct impact on. What would you rather do, a wrist curl which only hits the wrists or even situps, which only hit your abs, when you can do a deadlift that hits so many parts of your body. This diagram demonstrates why the deadlift can be so transformative, and I have been experiencing it myself.
Don’t think that when I was over 235lbs, that I never did exercise. I did, many times, the treadmill, the elliptical, swimming and yes, even weights. But usually the weights that I did were sitting down in a machine, they were not free weights. So it was not until I got ‘real’ , with real foods and real strength exercises, that I got some real results!
So, today I did my high deadlift of 190lbs. As you might recall, I am only doing one repetition and five sets of deadlifts. I think this routine is working for me because I am not burning myself out, one deadlift can be taxing enough, especially when the weights get heavier.
I first started doing deadlifts with the olympic bar only, 45lbs, that was it, about 7 months ago. For the last seven months, I have done a deadlift day at least one time a week, sometimes two. This process shows the power of being gradual and consistent.
I am now starting off my five sets with 135lbs, and move up in weight with each set. I usually try to increase the weight by five pounds, using the 2.5lbs plates, every week or even every 2 or three weeks. It does not matter, just that I feel strong enough.
And today I felt strong enough when I lifted 135, 155, 175 and 185. I felt that I had some more in me, so I added the two 2.5lb plates and went for it, 190lbs…which is about ten pounds more that I weigh now.
and I did it.
It felt like the hardest part was maintaining my grip on 190lbs of weight. I have to look into whether there are special gloves or something for lifting weights.
So who out there is doing deadlifts now?