After the Omar Isuf 500 pound deadlift challenge

I fell one rep from my minimum. Three reps with 500 pounds, deadlifting conventional style.  If I had a chance to do it over again, I would’ve skipped a 465lbs for 1 reps prior to the attempt.

Live and learn.

No matter what, it was a great and fulfilling experience. I took plenty of rest between sets, but here’s what I did.  Keep in mind, my best pull ever was 505lbs for 2 reps 10 days prior.

Set 1: 135lbs x 8
Set 2: 225lbs x 5
Set 3: 315lbs x 3
Set 4: 405lbs x 1
Set 5: 455lbs x 1
Set 6: 465lbs x 1
Set 7: 500lbs x 3.5 (attempt)
Set 8: 455lbs x 2

I just didn’t have enough bar speed and my timing for my second and third rep was of.  Hips got away from me.  They went a bit too before completion of the lift.

One thing I’m really proud of is that a 500lbs deadlift is no my b*tch! No fear no more.

So back to the drawing board.  What’s next?  Refine and perfect technique as well as improve bar speed.  In Brandon Lilly’s Cube Method, he suggests block pulls and snatch grip deadlift off blocks.  I will be following the Cube for at least my deadlift.

In addition that I will have another day or two where I will work on my set up and bar path with 50-60% of my 1 rep max.