Category: Challenges

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ALL-time PR: The Deadlift Challenge

Max as tested 10/01/2015 : 220 kgs (495 lbs) Goal: Beat my tested max, and attempt to beat my all-time personal record of 230 kgs (506 lbs) Program: 10 week cycle utilising percentages of current max to progressively build strength and conditioning the Central Nervous System (CNS) by increasing weight but lowering volume to a…
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The Deadlift Challenge: New PR?

Max as tested on 10/01/2015- 220 kgs So as I said a couple of weeks ago I would be taking a bit of time off from the Deadlift Challenge due to picking up an injury and generally feeling a bit burned out. Initially I set out a 10 week program to a new PR, but…
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You get out what you put in: The Deadlift Challenge

Just like with anything in life, you can set your plans but they don’t always go the way you want every time. With training, when you’re pushing yourself you can find the sessions don’t always go to plan. Whether you are trying to put some numbers on your lifts, trying to get a personal best…
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The Deadlift Challenge: keeping the momentum

Max as tested on 10/01/2015- 220 kgs Week 7: 85% of max (190 kgs) 3 sets of 5 reps So, straight up, this workout basically did not happen. Having got back from travelling the day before I went to the gym to try and bust out this workout but I could tell it wasn’t going…
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The Deadlift Challenge: Week 6

Max as tested on 10/01/2015- 220 kgs Week 6: 90% of max (200 kgs) 3 sets of 2 rep Week 6, and we’ve finally climbed into the 200’s. As you might have noticed we’re tapering down again in volume for the final time before the last phase of the program where we go towards that…
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The Deadlift Challenge: Halfway (Week 5)

Max as tested on 10/01/2015- 220 kgs Week 5: 85% of max (190 kgs) 3 sets of 3 reps We’re halfway to a new maximum effort. As a recap, my all-time PR is 230 kgs (506 lbs), with my max tested 5 weeks ago at 220 kgs. After spending the first three weeks doing 4-5…
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The Deadlift Challenge: Week 4

Max as tested on 10/01/2015- 220 kgs Week 4: 80% of max (180 kgs) 3 sets of 5 reps Week 4 is the start of the second cycle, which means that we are dropping the weight down a little but increasing the reps. So last week I did 190 kgs for 4 sets of 2,…
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The Deadlift Challenge: Week 3

Max as tested on 10/01/2015- 220 kgs Week 3: 85% of max (190 kgs) 4 sets of 2 reps   Starting to get into the bigger weights now, and the sessions are getting more intense. The reps are down, but as I get closer to my old max the need to focus and concentrate on…
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Running a half-marathon: how NOT to do it

I don’t really like running.  I don’t hate it, but unless it’s running after something, like a ball, then I find that I lose interest quite quickly. Subsequently not a lot of my training time goes into it, and I find one of the only ways I can get any done is by signing up…
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The Deadlift Challenge: Week 2

Max as tested on 10/01/2015- 220 kgs Week 2: 80% of max (176 kgs rounded up to 180 kgs) 4 sets of 3 reps As in Week 1 at this early stage of the build-up to a new max I’m going for speed and form to try and build up my base level of strength.…
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