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Deadlift Diagnosis

Written on November 29, 2007 at 10:36 am, by Eric Cressey

I’m a deadlift-aholic. I don’t just want to pull; I want to pull every minute of every day for the rest of my life. I dream about grinding out heavy pulls where the bar seemingly bends in half, and I jump at the opportunity to do speed pulls so quickly that I nearly castrate myself with the bar. This passion has led me to a ranking in the Powerlifting USA Top 100 for my weight class, and the brink of a 1RM of 3.5 times my body weight.

Do I expect you to share my enthusiasm? No, although it would be nice if you’d at least get a little excited to humor me! I do, however, hope that you’ll derive some benefit from my passion and the perspective it’s enabled me to attain. Whether you’re a powerlifter, bodybuilder or athlete, the deadlift and its variations should take a central role in your training.

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One Response to “Deadlift Diagnosis”

  1. benton hardin Says:

    I want to start off by saying your book Maximum Strength is a must read for anyone. The last six months I have been body building in a local gym. Needless to say im no body builder but it seemed like the right thing to do everyone else was so why not. Im 5’10 weight 175 medium build. My intentions were to burn fat put on some muscle and gain confidence. Well as you probaly know i started getting bored. I started seeing a friend of mine doing some odd looking workouts I was intrigued. He give me a copy of the book and said he would start with me in a couple weeks. Im stoked. We did the packing day test. Well to give you a idea i have never dead lifted before in my life. I

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