Friday, February 22, 2013

Deadlift PR

Last night's scheduled CrossFit workout was a non-starter for me.  The workout was very simple - 75 Kettlebell Turkish Get-Ups.  Most people have never done a Turkish Get-Up or even heard of the lift, but it's one that would not be kind to my shoulder.  After talking to a sports med doctor and a chiropractor, I've decided to stay away from any over-the-head pressing movements for a while.  And, a Turkish Get-Up requires you to hold a weight overhead for the entire rep.  It would probably take me 22-25 minutes to do 75 reps, and that is a long time to be holding a kettlebell overhead.

So, I decided to do some heavy deadlifts, which I hadn't done in a while, followed by a standard CF workout called Cindy.

Here are my reps for the deadlifts:


That was essentially my warm-up, and I then switched to single rep sets:


These felt relatively easy until the 395 pound rep, which was challenging.  My PR of 415 pounds was set on 10/15 of last year, doing a workout called CrossFit total, where I set PRs for the strict press, back squat and deadlift all in the same day.  So, rather than continuing my pattern of adding 20 pounds to each rep, I added 25 pounds for a total of 420 pounds on the bar.  It wasn't pretty, but I nailed it and set a new PR.  This was at least my third lifting PR this year.  I also set PRs for the snatch and the clean and jerk last month.

After the 420 pound rep, I was done with the deads and it was time for Cindy - a very simple workout.  You simply do 5 pull-ups, 10 push-ups and 15 air squats as many times as possible in 20 minutes.  I modified it a bit last night, opting for 10 rounds as quickly as possible.  It took me 16:06 to do those 10 rounds.

Today is a rest and recovery day.  With the new snow in the mountains this past week, and more snow expected tomorrow, I imagine I'll be skiing in the trees again this weekend.  I need a rest day so I can keep up with my students in the trees.


Harriet said...

I think that my spine just snapped. :-) Seriously, I might do 1-2 sets of 5 x 150 with the dead lift (using 75 lb. dumbbells). About 18 years ago I got 350 and I got 425 about 30 years ago.

Damon said...

425? I guess my next goal will have to be 430! But, since you read my blog, you also know that my lifting is "enhanced" these days. Without the meds, I wouldn't be lifting like this.