This essay also known as, “Hey Bob can you write a program to get my dead lift up?”
What makes me an expert at dead lifts, other than liking deadlifts?
I wrote this because being a strong dude plus personally experiencing my unscientific study of N=1 means that I know everything there is to know about dead lifting :). But really, there are more than a few good dead lifting resources out there. I don’t claim expertise in power lifting. My forte is more in the realm of using weight training to stay healthy and be awesome outside of the gym (sports performance and rehabilitation). But since more than a few people have asked the question…
I never lifted with an official bar (better grip and spring), wearing an official belt (assistance), in an official meet (strength culture and context). But even without these small but important advantages, I have managed to accrue these dead lift credentials, most of them with video proof:
600 lbs X 1, while weighing slightly under 200 lbs (> triple bodyweight is pretty rare).
500 lbs X 10 continuous reps
405 X 20 continuous reps
315 pounds for over 100 reps in about 30 minutes.
Yes, this is surely part of the reason why my injured right hip has suffered additional wear and tear.
I’ve also coached many folks through dead lifting over double body weight.
Presently, I’m not at peak strength but can probably manage 80% or better of the numbers listed above. Last week, at the age of 41, I easily dead lifted 405 X 10 reps.