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    Deadlifting for PR's

    So, because of my early recovery I need to set and chase goals more than ever. I have a solid bench press already so i decided that a 600 lb deadlift was a respectable goal to go after. Today I maxed out so I would know where Im at. I topped out at 545 and was really happy with that. I thought that was pretty good for a guy who doesnt squat and trains entirely for hypertrophy. But holy shit, I almost blacked out. I maintained good form but my vision started to close in and I saw stars for minutes after.

    Any tips for chasing a PR on deads? Ps- I do conventional, double overhand.

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    You almost fainted because you took air into the chest is all.

    Put one hand on your chest and one on your belly button. Breathe in thru your nose slowly and fill your abdomen with air. The hand on your chest shouldn't move. The one on your stomach will rise. Breathe out thru the mouth.

    Once you get that down, move to step two. Brace. With a belly full of air, hold your breath. Tuck your ribs down to your pelvis like you are about to get punched in the stomach.

    Now do it at the bar. You should be so tight that it's hard to get down to the bar with all that air. You might feel like your head is gonna explode but you get used to that.
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    Quote Originally Posted by PillarofBalance View Post
    You almost fainted because you took air into the chest is all.

    Put one hand on your chest and one on your belly button. Breathe in thru your nose slowly and fill your abdomen with air. The hand on your chest shouldn't move. The one on your stomach will rise. Breathe out thru the mouth.

    Once you get that down, move to step two. Brace. With a belly full of air, hold your breath. Tuck your ribs down to your pelvis like you are about to get punched in the stomach.

    Now do it at the bar. You should be so tight that it's hard to get down to the bar with all that air. You might feel like your head is gonna explode but you get used to that.

    Thanks as always man! It was definitely not a fun feeling but picking up a lot of weight was pretty dick hardening.

    Im gonna get busy really making my shoulder mobility improve so I can start getting under a squat bar. Enough of this

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    Quote Originally Posted by PillarofBalance View Post
    You almost fainted because you took air into the chest is all.

    Put one hand on your chest and one on your belly button. Breathe in thru your nose slowly and fill your abdomen with air. The hand on your chest shouldn't move. The one on your stomach will rise. Breathe out thru the mouth.

    Once you get that down, move to step two. Brace. With a belly full of air, hold your breath. Tuck your ribs down to your pelvis like you are about to get punched in the stomach.

    Now do it at the bar. You should be so tight that it's hard to get down to the bar with all that air. You might feel like your head is gonna explode but you get used to that.
    545 double overhand for a bber, I’m going to make an educated guess and say he’s probably using straps. Throws a wrench into the proper breathing thing.

    May I suggest hook grip?

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    We all make that mistake at least once. It happened to me last year when I was trying fasted workouts in the early AM doing squats. I only had 315 on the bar, but my body started to go totally limp on the third rep of my last set. I was able to recover without dumping out, but it was a scary experience for a split second knowing that I wasn't in control of my lift. In fact, it scared the ever living sh*t out of me.

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    You need to learn how to get your air and brace properly. Pillar has it explained. Chris Duffin has a pretty damn good YouTube vid on proper bracing. Need to get the air into your diaphragm and not your chest.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ToolSteel View Post
    545 double overhand for a bber, I’m going to make an educated guess and say he’s probably using straps. Throws a wrench into the proper breathing thing.

    May I suggest hook grip?

    Good find, I missed that.

    X2 on the hook grip

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    Also when you feel like you are going down, take a knee right away. You don’t want to become a YouTube video if someone blacking out and dropping headfirst into a stack of plates.

    or be doing speed squats in my garage and crash through a wall like the kool-aid guy....
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    I do use straps once I get above 365......

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    Pull hook if you have the balls for it. Over/under should be a last resort in my personal opinion. For a top level athlete it always ends one of two ways; large muscle imbalances or a torn bicep.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gadawg View Post
    I do use straps once I get above 365......
    Lucky you. I have to use them past 315 due to my left wrist being mangled by an airbag in a car accident. The moral of that story is when someone crosses the center line, do not blow your horn because they will still hit you and you don't want your wrist on that airbag when it deploys!

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    Quote Originally Posted by DieYoungStrong View Post
    Also when you feel like you are going down, take a knee right away. You don’t want to become a YouTube video if someone blacking out and dropping headfirst into a stack of plates.

    or be doing speed squats in my garage and crash through a wall like the kool-aid guy....
    Ooooh Yeeeaaahhh!!!!


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