Ed Coan’s Deadlift Routine – Introduction
Who is Ed Coan and what can you learn from Ed Coan’s deadlift program?
If you’re new to deadlifting, you have probably never seen or even heard of Ed Coan.
I understand, because neither did I.
But, deadlifting will hook you, and you will want to get better.
And before long, you run into the name of legendary powerlifter Ed Coan as I did too.
The Powerlifting GOAT – Greatest of All Time
Here is why Edward “Ed” Ignatius Coan is the Deadlift Maven:
The International Sports Hall of Fame inducted Ed Coan in 2015.
“Coan set over 71 powerlifting world records. For many in the powerlifting community, he is the greatest powerlifter of all time. He was also the lightest person to cross the 2,400-pound barrier in the powerlifting total.”
The powerlifting total is the sum of three lifts;
These three lifts make up the sport of powerlifting.
Here is the world record powerlifting total that Ed Coan set:
- Squat – 1,003 pounds or 455 kilograms
- Bench press – 573 pounds or 260 kilograms
- Deadlift – 887 lbs or 402.5 kilograms
- Powerlifting Total – All three lifts combined add up to 2,463 pounds or 1,117.5 kilograms
Ed Coan achieved this mind-bending total at a height of 5 feet 6 inches and a weight of 239 pounds.
Watch Ed Coan deadlift 901 pounds at a bodyweight of 220 pounds in this video:
Ed Coan is a six-time IPF (International Powerlifting Federation) World Champion.
He was born on July 24th, 1963 in Chicago, Illinois.
Today in 2023, Ed Coan is now age 58 years old.
Now that you saw Ed Coan deadlift over 900 pounds, who better to teach you?
Ed Coan Deadlift Program Tips
Here are the five most excellent Ed Coan deadlift program tips:
#1. The Foundation of the Ed Coan Deadlift Program
Ed’s number one tip is to record every single set, rep, and weight for every exercise you do.
This commitment to keeping a training record is the big difference between people who ‘workout’ and those who ‘train.’
Working out has no particular goal, whereas training needs continual measurement.
The first rule of success in the deadlift or any other goal in life is to write a plan.
Ed wrote and used his plan and went on to spectacular achievements in powerlifting.
Do you currently write down every single set, rep, and weight that you lift?
Success leaves clues.
If you ever hope to beat the results of the Ed Coan deadlift program, take this first tip to heart.
Start to record and measure all of your training.
Here is a 12-week deadlift training program for beginners that you can use.
#2. Use a 3 Month or 12 Week Deadlift Cycle
How long should a training cycle be?
It is difficult to see results when your training cycle is too short.
And you need rest periods at some point to recover for a new cycle.
Nature gives you a clue as to how long a cycle should be.
During every year, you experience four distinct phases, winter, spring, summer, and fall.
Magically, they are each 12 weeks long.
If you need to lose weight, stop trying to lose 20 pounds in one month.
Or worse, in one week.
Instead, have patience, do not punish your body, and follow a safe plan to lose 20 pounds in 3 months.
Watch Training Intelligent Q & A with Ed Coan by Laurin Conlin
#3. Do Assistance Work Exercises – Not Only the Squat, Deadlift, and Bench Press
You need to do deadlifts and more.
You cannot deadlift only and expect to get a balanced training outcome.
Besides, you risk injuring yourself by overdoing one exercise.
If you deadlift every day, you might end up with lower back pain.
Or believe it or not, even tennis elbow, also known as lateral epicondylitis.
You need to mix up your style of training, exercises, and pounds.
Training with heavy deadlifts every day is a recipe for disaster.
Accessory work is a great way to achieve significant improvement in your current max deadlift, squat, and bench press.
#4. Deadlift Heavy Only Once a Week
Can you imagine deadlifting over 900 pounds?
You can save a lot of time by listening to an expert like Ed, who did it.
Why reinvent the wheel?
See this Ed Coan deadlift program created this Coan Phillipi Deadlift Routine spreadsheet for fellow powerlifter Mark Phillipi.
You can make your own copy at the link above!
Coan never scheduled heavy deadlifts more than once per week.
And he only prescribed 1 – 3 heavy deadlifts once per week.
The rest of the deadlift work is speed deadlifts resting 90 seconds between each set.
Mark Philippi said, “I used this 10-week deadlift routine to take my deadlift from 505 to 540 pounds. I am a true believer in this routine.”
Coan Phillipi Deadlift Program
|1||(75% of your 1 Rep Max) x 2 reps||(60%) 8 sets x 3 reps (90-sec rest b/w sets)|
|2||(80%) x 2 reps||(65%) 8 sets x 3 reps (90-sec rest b/w sets)|
|3||(85%) x 2 reps||(70%) 6 sets x 3 reps (90-120 sec rest b/w sets)|
|4||(90%) x 2 reps||(75%) 5 sets x 3 reps (90-120 sec rest b/w sets)|
|5||(80%) 3 sets x 3 reps||(65%) 3 sets x 3 reps (120-sec rest b/w sets)|
|6||(85%) x 2 reps||(70%) 3 sets x 3 reps (120-sec rest b/w sets)|
|7||(90%)x 2 reps||(75%) 3 sets x 3 reps (120-sec rest b/w sets)|
|8||(95%)x 2 reps||(70%) 3 sets x 3 reps (120-sec rest b/w sets)|
|9||(97.5%)x 1 rep||(70%) 2 sets x 3 reps (Rest as needed)|
|10||(100%)x 1 rep||(60%) 2 sets x 3 reps (Rest as needed)|
|11||MEET DAY – Achieve your desired max||N/A|
The Ed Coan Deadlift Program as described by Mark Phillipi
Use this spreadsheet for another way to calculate your deadlift routine and the assistance exercises like power shrugs and good mornings during weeks 1-4, weeks 5-6, weeks 7-8, and weeks 9-10.
#5. Beat Your Lifts Every Week Till You Max Out
Few people on the planet will ever pull the weight of an Ed Coan deadlift.
So, do not compete against anyone but yourself.
Make your goal to lift a bit more than last week until you reach your deadlift potential.
With a one-week rest, try to add another 5 – 10 pounds to your lift.
Last but not least, for technical tips on how to do a conventional deadlift, watch this video from Mark Bell – Sling Shot below:
Ed Coan Deadlift Program – Wrapping Up
Who better to give deadlift advice than Ed Coan?
In summary, Ed shares five terrific deadlift secrets:
- Make a plan and record every training session
- Use a three-month cycle
- Do deadlift accessory exercises like Romanian deadlifts, rowing, and pull-ups
- Deadlift once a week
- Compete against yourself
Those are only a few of the spectacular benefits you can expect from deadlifts.
If you made it this far into the post, you will not be disappointed when you watch this treat – a Master deadlift class with Mark Bell and Ed Coan:
Learn to Lift Heavier Weights with the Greatest Powerlifter of All Time – Ed Coan
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