Deficit deadlift PR and the end of an era

Yesterday was a sad day in Powerlifting with the announcement that Powerlifting USA magazine is ceasing publication.  For those of us that started powerlifting back in the 80's, PL USA was the only real source for powerlifting news.   The ADFPA used to send out quarterly newsletters to its members but if you wanted to see meet results from every federation across the country plus the major international competitions, PL USA was the only source.  In addition, there were very few powerlifting books available.  Terry Todd's, "Inside Powerlifting" and Fred Hatfield's book, "Powerlifting, A Scientific Approach" were basically it.  To get any other insights into training routines, you had to mail order Mike Bridges' or Rickey Dale Crain's training manuals.  Powerlifting USA was filled with training routines from the greats of the day and for many of us, it was the first exposure to how the elites built their totals.

Mark Bell of Supertraining Gym posted a great video thanking the publisher Mike Lambert in which he very accurately describes the passion many powerlifters had for each issue.
It truly is the end of an era.  Powerlifting USA had recently introduced an e-copy subscription option where you could received a .pdf of the issue instead of the print version but apparently that wasn't enough to keep the operation from running out of money.  It will be greatly missed from those of us that grew up eagerly anticipating each issue--even moreso when we thought meet results from our competitions might be in the magazine.

Nostalgia aside, today was the final heavy deficit deadlift workout of my meet prep schedule and after my pre-workout 600 mgs of Ibuprofen, I was ready to attack my scheduled poundages.  While I didn't feel totally excellent, I was full of confidence from how well my previous deadlift workouts had gone.  Two weeks ago on heavy deficit day, I pulled 565 for a very comfortable single.  Today I was scheduled to pull 585 for a top single.  I had never pulled that much off a deficit before so there was just a bit of apprehension prior to the workout.

Turns out I needn't have worried.  My first prep single at 545 was easy.  I loaded 585 on the bar and when it was time to pull, I was surprised that it didn't require any grind.  Truthfully, it felt easier than the 565 two weeks ago.  After that I did two back off sets of 3 with 515, the second set being very hard and requiring a grind on rep 3.  Overall, I'm very satisfied with my progress on the deficit pulls.  Next up are 4 weeks of pulling from the floor and then the competition.

Deficit Deadlifts (2" deficit):  315x5, 405x5, 495x3, 545x1, 585x1 PR, 515x3, 515x3

I was having such good results from the high rep, light weight overhead presses, that I also included three sets of high rep, light weight bench presses.  My shoulders felt great and if they still feel good on Saturday for heavy bench day, I'm going to keep the 'pump weight' days in the schedule.

Overhead Presses:  135x10, 135x10, 135x7, 135x7
Bench Press:  135x10, 185x10, 185x10


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