The Deadlift – I’m a Freak: Part 2

In part 1 I gave you a little bit of deadlift history and some tips to get you on your way to a bigger pull. If you haven’t read part 1, you can do so here:

I hope you’ve been using the tips I presented in the first installment :)

In this installment I’m going to show you the exact deadlift cycle I used to make history and pull the first ever 1000lbs deadlift.

Here goes:

The Phase that Launched 1000lbs:

*All pulling was done from the floor.

*This training block of 10 weeks was preceeded by a training cycle where I pulled very heavy from blocks.

10 weeks out: 220kg x 5 reps (Belt only)

9 weeks out: 230kg x 5 reps (Belt only)

8 weeks out: 240kg x 5 reps (Belt only)

7 weeks out: 250kg x 5 reps (Belt only)

6 weeks out: 265kg x 5 reps (Belt only)

5 weeks out: 280kg x 5 reps (Belt only)

4 weeks out: 300kg x 3 reps (Belt only)

3 weeks out: 320kg x 3 reps (Belt and suit bottoms)

2 weeks out: 340kg x 3 reps (Belt and suit bottoms)

1 week out: REST

So there you have it. Those were my top sets each week in the gym, leading up to my 1003lbs deadlift.

History's first 1000lbs Deadlift

History’s first 1000lbs Deadlift

I Deadlifted on a Wednesday, after Squatting

I did 5 to 8 warm up sets before the top sets you see above.

You may be surprised to see that I trained so light and pulled so big in competition.

Well, it’s what works for me. You have to find out what works for you.

With this in mind, keep the Deadlift Secrets that you’ll read below to yourself.

shhhh…. I don’t want everybody pulling a grand ;)

Deadlift Training Secrets:

1. Optimal training is doing the least amount of work and producing the highest results in competition. So don’t kill yourself in the gym for the sake of it

2. You must be able to justify why every exercise and every set/weight/rep combination is in your program. If you can’t; you need help designing your programs

3. Train explosively. I focus on developing explosive power each and every time I pull. Speed Kills in Boxing and it helps you annihilate sticking points on the deadlift

So now you know how I pulled the worlds first 1000lbs deadlift and some secrets I employ to help me design optimal training programs.

Now get to the gym and pull big!

Since pulling 1003lbs, I have pulled 1008lbs. Be sure to check out how I did that in the next newsletter.