About a week ago I decided to try working my deadlift back up. It had fallen off since I’d focused on other things (like O-lifts) in the spring, then developed elbow tendonitis and thought DLs were not good for it. So for my deadlifting workout of about a week ago, I worked up to 75 kg and did about five sets of five. I knew I could have lifted more but was testing the elbow. It was okay, though other things later that evening made it sore. (The worst thing for it is moving anything that is at all heavy with one hand, such as putting on the small “change plates” onto a barbell.)
Today I wanted to do a harder workout while still keeping the elbows straight, so I wanted to work up to 3 x 5 deadlifts at 100 kg. I warmed up by lifting 10 reps at 40 kg, 5 at 50, and 3 at 60, 70, 80, and 90. On 100 kg, I did two and failed on the third rep. I rested, then did singles. I managed 6 singles at 100 kg and failed on 7. I took 5 kg off and promptly failed at 95.
Each lift after the first three singles at 100 made me so lightheaded that I was literally seeing black spots after setting the bar down. I hold a huge breath on lifting, which you have to to keep the back stable; let a little air out through pinched lips at the top; stay pressurized on starting down; let a tiny bit more air out when the bar reaches my knees; and exhale as soon as the bar is on the ground. That’s when the lightheadedness hits! Training heavy lifts also trains the ability to pressurize so I’m not worried that I’ll always be THIS lightheaded. A little, yes.
Still, I’m happy to have re-broken the ice on 3-digit lifts, and six singles at 100 is not bad. Next week I’ll try to do some sets of two at 100.
I finished with 100 toes-to-bar and 100 kettlebell swings–two more straight-elbow exercises. Only 16 kg on the swings; I would have had to go back upstairs to get the heavier one and I would have ended up checking email and sitting at the computer and not going back down.
The elbow feels pretty normal.