Originally Posted by TN94z
I LOVE straight leg dead lifts! I suggest them to anyone that has tight hamstrings.
I plan on competing. Right now my goals are to get to single digit body fat and get stronger. I'm not looking to set any records or make a career of it, but I just like competing in anything. I would say the overall plan is health benefits, but a little competition along the way doesn't hurt. My trainer actually lives in Myrtle Beach and he is competing in January to try and break a few records (he is 53 years old, about 6'3", around 235lbs and 6%BF). I am planning on making that meet my first one. I have been lifting for years but just now started this style with these goals in mind. The more I learn, the more I realize I was lifting incorrectly for years. My goals will take me a while as I had gotten pretty fat....like 33%BF fat!! But I am getting there. I've lost about 15lbs while increasing all of my lifts since March.
Squat went from 225 (paused ATG) to 375 below parallel with no pause
Deadlift went from 265 to 405
Bench has gone from 175 to about 260 (haven't maxed yet but I can do 205 6-8 times with good form).
I know those numbers aren't big to most power lifters but they are huge to me! My goals for the year are 450, 450, and 315 (was 250 but I think I can do that now).
Do you compete?
I had a lot of hamstring tears and niggles a few years ago. since starting proper lifting and a lot of posterior chain exercises, specifically straight leg deadlifts, I've not even had a twinge, touch wood.
In impressive shape for his age, especially keeping so lean. I usually sit about 8-9 during winter training then maybe down to 4-5 during summer and I'm 22, never mind 53.
Strong lifts, big improvements especially your squat. I lift similar weight to you, although it took me a while to work it out because I'm a kg man. losing fat will give easy improvements your ratio will sky rocket if you keep loosing weight like that and increasing your lifts like you have. you'll be in great shape come January, best of luck to you.
Deadlift 210kg 462lb
Squat 190 kg 418lb
Bench 100kg 220lb You can tell I'm a runner
Nah i dont compete weights is all just power training for sprinting for me, I enjoy it though. Principals are the same. Increase strength and keep as light as possible. A little heavy at the moment at 184lb.