* I failed on two attempts to do even a single rep. I assume I just have no steam left in the engine. I will either try again Monday or do something different like drop the weight and do sets of 7 reps.
* I believe I failed on the 375 lbs deadlift attempt as I am slightly over trained right now and need to recover. However, I was able to break the weight free from the floor once again but not as high as I did the previous workout. Performing heavy deadlifts three times a week has quickly drained my system over the last two weeks.
* I failed on the 375 lbs deadlift. I was able to break the weight free from the ground a few inches. Since this is the first time I am doing sumo deadlifts I am impressed that I can already use the same weight I handle in the conventional deadlift. I also feel less stress in the lower back as I do not have to round my back as much. I have a long torso and short arms so I think the sumo style might actually help me lift heavier in the deadlift as an end result.
I could easily add 30 lbs or more to this lift if I had a weightlifting belt.
If you check out the Master’s for the Raw Natural Power Lifting in the USA (drug free) I actually lift more then the current winners and I just started training again a few months ago. I am 37 years old so basically I am going to wait 3 years and then start winning all these contests for no reason other then my body didn’t seem to get old.
The reason I get excited about this is it is an excellent reason to travel and I have always had an interest in all straighten sports since I was a kid. The fact I would be competing for me is fantasy come to life. I would of course expect myself to add another 150 lbs minimum to my deadlift as I would still be considered a beginner by most.
The emphasis is on “cheating” which allows you to handle heavy weight. The idea is to stress the arms as much as possible by slowly lowing the bar as strictly as possible on the eccentric portion of the movement. The benefit of performing this exercise in this fashion is that it allows an individual training without a spotter to perform forced negatives. My short term goal is to curl my bodyweight on a regular basis. I am currently curling with 125 lbs for 3 sets x 5 reps at a bodyweight of 163 lbs.