"In order to succeed, you must learn to fail." Here is a failed attempt of 551 lbs. Originally, I probably would never have attempted anything this heavy until my next meet. However, from the encouragement of my mentors, I decided to give it a shot. I had nothing to lose anyways. I'm so glad I listened to them because if I had listened to my own instincts, I never would have known if I could have pulled it or not. Now, I know the feeling of 551 lbs. in my hands, and I will be prepared next time.
Today was day 3 of Smolov's Introductory Microcycle. My plan for this program is to not rely on my Inzer belt unless I absolutely need it. Today's sets included 4x5 at 255, 1x3 at 275, 2x2 at 290, and 1x1 at 330 shown here.
Today I decided to try sumo deadlifting. I have only done sumo a few times since I normally pull conventional, but after today's training, I'm considering switching to sumo permanently. My lower back felt a lot better when I switched to sumo today. Here is a clip of me pulling 485 lbs. for a triple (last two reps are shown)
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I am officially part of the 500 lbs. deadlift club! Today I pulled a huge PR of 535 lbs. at the USPA meet in Anaheim. My original PR was 475 lbs. from my first meet back in September 2013. Had a great time at the meet. Great job to all the lifters!