February 18, 2011
February 23, 2011
Heavy Handed

As preparation for next weeks ‘DC’s Most Primal’ competition – the first event is a 1RM deadlift – the focus on Sunday was heavy deadlifts. After warming up, making sure the lower back and hamstrings were nice and loose, Sunday’s class got down to the business of heavy lifting.

Strength: Deadlift
Warm-up Sets (everyone) = 2 x 5, 3 x 3
Work Sets (non-competitors) = 4 x 3 @ 80-85% of your 1RM (if known)
Work Sets (competitors) = 4 x 1 @ 90-95% of your 1RM (or at least the 1RM you’d like to shoot for next weekend)

Some really great lifting – if you haven’t been keeping track of your numbers, especially the heavy lifts, now is a great time to start. Keeping track of your heavy lifts will be extremely helpful in the long run; you may notice that most of our strength sets are based on percentages of your personal 1RM. If you haven’t done a 1RM, don’t worry – we can calculate a perceived 1RM from a max effort 2, 3, or even 5 rep set, but to do this, we need to know what those numbers are! Additionally, keeping track of these numbers will of course allow you to chart your progress, and that’s always a good thing.

As a finisher, class broke out into teams of 3 for a quick met-con of 200 wall balls and 300 sit-ups. Teams were allowed to apportion the work in any fashion, but only two teammates could work at a time.

We’ll post info about next weekend’s competition on the blog tomorrow, including location and time. If you’re interested, please feel free to stop by to check things out and cheer on your fellow CFDCers!



  1. Tom Brose says:

    Good work! Julia set the bar high, with a new PR 305 Lb deadlift! If that isn’t enough to get you fired up to lift, I can’t help you.

    In reality, the idea was for competitors to pull 3-4 singles at around 90% 1RM. Hopefully we’ll see some PRs in competition next week!

  2. SBV says:

    I pulled four singles at 315#, which is 90 percent of my heaviest actual deadlift: 350#. Unfortunately, each pull at 315# was brutally difficult. I’m temporarily blaming it on the leg beatdown Tom handed to us on Thursday (running, double-unders, and box jumps), heavy front squats and chin-ups on Saturday, and that ridiculously thick and heavy bar we used to deadlift. I should probably just own up to the fact that I can’t deadlift that much, but I prefer to blame it on other things.

    I’m planning a conservative approach for next weekend’s competition. I’d like to set a new pr but, at the same time, if I see that the other guys are pulling huge numbers, I might keep it light and save my body for the next two events. I plan to take a warm-up lift at 315# before the competition. Based on how that goes, I’ll either open at 335# or 350#. I’ll make adjustments from there.

    Congrats to all the guys and gals that pulled huge numbers in class on Sunday. Everyone is getting stronger!