I'm a huge Deadlift fan. Anybody who follows my training knows I'm a Deadlift only type guy. So, keeping this in mind, one of my all time favorite pieces of literature written about Deadlifts is Eric Troy's Newsletter dated August 25, 2010 and titled "Can't do more than 1x5 for Deadlifts".
Eric has countered all the points the "Deadlift only once a week for a top set of 5 reps" group has to cough up.
Excuse #1: Deadlifts deplete the CNS.
This is untrue and Eric has broken it down to it's essence being that "depleting the CNS" is just a fancy phrase and really doesn't mean squat.
Excuse #2: Deadlifts harm the lower back.
This is totally based on anecdotal evidence and circular thinking. I love this quote:
Deadlifts are the bastard child of strength training. They tend to be viewed in a vacuum without any consideration of the training that surrounds them. People are always, for instance, finding that Deadlifts are bothering their back during their 5x5 program and thus the myth but nobody seems to consider the squats they did twice that week with much higher volume.
Excuse #3: Deadlifts take a lot out of you
This is just absurd
Lastly, this is another gem from the newsletter:
Frankly, you have people obsessed with squatting, thinking it will make them super strong, super big, and super athletic ad infinitum and will even give them 19 inch arms through some kind of osmosis. These people, ofcourse, have a vested interest in believing the deadlift to be the bad guy. They do deadlifts grudgingly out of some misguided sense of duty but to make room for real deadlift training in their programming would simply challenge their entire belief system. To use the favorite GUS analogy again: the squat is an important card in their house and to jiggle it would cause the whole thing to crash down.
If anyone can find that thread where Joe explained to me how someone CAN Deadlift multiple times in a week and still progress, please link it here.
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