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Old 03-30-2013, 02:28 PM   #1
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Hey guys, I recently been kind of struggling to meet my rep goals on the deadlift. For example today my goal was to hit 275 for a triple but, only had one rep in me. theres been other times on my 5's week or 3's week where I been a rep or two short of my goal. I was wondering if others sometime struggle hitting all their reps or if there is something more to it? I hear some guys say to back off the weight a little or re-due a cycle and work my way back up. Or I hear some guys say to keep charging and don't back pedal cause its just a part of training. I think both answers have a purpose and reason to them but, was wondering if some of you guys may have some tips or tricks to help a beginner out?

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Old 03-30-2013, 02:37 PM   #2
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How are you doing your reps? I reset after every single rep. I put the weight down, straighten my legs, then bend my legs again, pull my hips towards the bar and start my next rep.

Not only does this give you a small rest between every rep, it also works on your starting strength which is a huge part of deadlifting.
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If you miss reps once per 5/3/1 cycle, keep charging and chalk up a bad session. If you hit 2 or 3 bad sessions in a row, reset your weight.
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Old 03-30-2013, 02:43 PM   #4
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@Soldier, I like to reset myself everytime before I pull, I'm not a touch and go type of guy, unless its something like my warm-up sets.

P.S. (This just crossed my mind) Earlier this week I pulled 280 which was a 5lb PR. So, I'm wondering if my training percent was set a little high to do 5lbs less for 3 reps?
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I would think more in line with 265 for 3 reps if 280 is max. 265 is still 95percent at 275 your pulling 98 percent
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If your best single is 280 you really have no business trying to do multiple reps with 275. Not sure how that happened. Hell, I have trouble repping out with 100lb less than my 1rm.

Out of curiosity, are you eating to gain weight? Not that it's required or anything, but we are the same height and the last time I weighed 153 I was in 6th grade, lol.

No offense! Haha, I've always been a bit of a fatty tbh. I'm just wondering what your goals are.
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Thanks for the replys, 265 does sound like a better range to pull a triple. I could of mis-calculated my deadlift percentages, but I was just following what this cycle stated.

As for me only being 153, I know its pretty light. Though I'm a Juvenile Diabetic, so because of having high blood sugars it caused weight loss. I'm currently on new insulin to help bring my glucose levels down, which will in-turn help me gain weight. I actually gained 6 pounds last month so its a start.

Think I'll go back and double check my percents and possibly try another 5/3/1 calculator. Or Maybe I should do the math myself... I'm following powerlifting version of 5/3/1 Or 3/5/1
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Like LtL said, if you fail a few times, then rest your percentages with 90 % of your new max and work back up again. Make sure you are eating enough, resting enough, and starting your percentages low enough.
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that may be best cause I never heard of tripling 98 percent of your max
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Isnt 5/3/1 based on 90% of your max, then calculate from there? 275 is far too heavy if you are following the program.
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