Deadlifts are quickly becoming one of my favorite lifts. Before starting CrossFit, I was doing my 25 lb bicep curls and my barbell good mornings… all the good “globo” moves. But, I could not deadlift a mere 80 pounds.
I don’t know what I enjoy more about deadlifting: The fact that I’ve managed to bump up my PR from 80 pounds to 170 pounds in 3.5 months, or the fact that it’s just plain exhilerating to lift heavy weights from a dead stop. And I really like how it’s so dang FUNCTIONAL! Like, when do I not have to pick stuff up off the floor?!
I call The Deadlift a “brute” lift because it requires just brute strength. Either you have the strength to get the bar off the floor, or you don’t. I can’t “bounce up” out of a deadlift like I can with a squat or a bench press. I don’t get to use momentum like I do with pullups, or clean and jerks. Plus, the lift starts in a half squat position, in the eccentric portion of the movement. At first it seems like the weight just won’t budge. But, then I have to just press my heels into the ground and SQUEEZE my way up. How can something so simple be so difficult? Oh, I do love the simplicity of The Deadlift.
I was most surprised at how deadlifts increase my heart rate! Bonus! Here’s a vid of both Ryan and me doing some sets 5 rep deadlifts. (The couple that lifts together, stays together right? Well, until we have kids and then it’s, “you watch the babies while I lift and then we’ll switch, mmmk?” I very much hope that will be the case (“very much hope” – is that proper English??)
I think I was only lifting 135# in the vid, but got up to 150# (about 80% of my 1RM.) I like to do my 5 rep sets at 80% of my 1RM for no reason in particular.