What I Learned From Deadlifting 500 Pounds:
You Can Do It! You Just Have To Believe It!
It’s not easy to get into shape. But if you really want to get in shape, then it’s worth the effort. If you’re already in good physical condition, then your goal shouldn’t be to become even fitter or stronger than you are now.
Your goal should be to stay in good physical condition. That means eating right, getting enough sleep, exercising regularly, staying hydrated and taking care of yourself mentally.
If you do all these things, then you’ll have no problem lifting 500 pounds. And if you don’t feel like doing any of those things, well that’s okay too; just go ahead and lift whatever weight feels comfortable for you.
The only thing that will make you fail at deadlifting 500 pounds is if you believe that you cannot do it.
If you think that way, then what’s stopping you from going out and buying some weights and trying it out?
After all, there’s nothing stopping you from doing so with anything else in your life.
So why not with deadlifts? Why would something in your life prevent you from succeeding when everything else seems to work fine for others?
If you’re having trouble with something, then that’s the first thing that you should look at for solutions.
The other thing that might be stopping you is if you’re afraid of failing in general. Again, this isn’t something that just applies to lifting weights. This applies to everything in life.
And it’s perfectly normal to feel this way. Everyone feels fear from time to time, and the more important a task is, the scarier it is when you think about doing it. This is the time when you have to remember that all you need to do is try your best.
If you try your best and you fail, then so what?
At least you know that you weren’t being lazy; you were just trying something that was too much for you at this point in time. If you succeed, then that’s great too! Either way, you need to learn how to deal with the fear of failure so that it doesn’t consume you. This way, you’ll be able to take on more challenges and grow as a person. If you don’t do this, then you’ll wither away and do nothing with your life.
Take It Step-By-Step
As with anything in life, the secret to lifting 500 pounds is to take it one step at a time. You don’t just jump right into deadlifting 500 pounds without any experience or practice. That would be ridiculous.
Most people get injured that way.
Instead, what you need to do is take baby steps. Start with something light, like a gallon of milk. Drink the milk.
This will give you the experience needed to graduate to heavier items, such as a quart of milk, a 12-pack of soda, and eventually watermelons.
Once you’ve got that down, move on to something a little heavier, such as a bag of potatoes. After that, it’s time to start moving onto weights. Dumbbells are good to start with, and you can also look into kettlebells too.
By the time you’ve got that all down, you should be ready to handle barbell training. Look up online guides for tips on proper technique. There are plenty of them out there.
Just make sure you stick with the recommended weights for your size and skill level.
Now, if you’re feeling really ambitious, there’s another way to go about this, though it may not be suitable for everyone. You can opt to have someone teach you how to deadlift. A personal trainer would probably be able to do this, or if you wanted to take things a bit further, you could look into hiring a strength coach or a weightlifting coach.
Personal trainers tend to be very expensive, so keep that in mind. Strength coaches and weightlifting coaches, on the other hand, tend to be cheaper. This is because a strength coach only really teaches proper technique; they don’t do any actual training for you.
Because of this, they can’t give you any personalized lessons and only host training sessions that anyone can join. This means that there’s no “one-on-one” coaching, which drives down cost.
Weightlifting coaches are very similar to strength coaches. The only real difference is that weightlifting coaches tend to specialize in Olympic weightlifting, as opposed to basic weight training. However, this also means that they can be very technical and focused on the small details, which can be a good thing if you want to learn the specifics of the snatch, clean and jerk, and other related movements.
Just remember that whether you go with a personal trainer, a strength coach, or a weightlifting coach, you’re going to have to pay. Unless you’re really rich, then this probably isn’t the best option.
Deadlifting Isn’t Easy
As you can see, lifting 500 pounds isn’t easy. No doubt about it, this is going to be a long, difficult journey for you. But, the joy you’ll get from reaching your goal will be more than worth it.
Just keep your head up and keep training. You can do this.
Remember, stay away from steroids.
What’s Your Opinion?
Now that you’ve read the article, what’s your opinion on it? Do you think someone who has no experience in exercise or proper lifting technique should attempt to deadlift 500 pounds? Or do you agree with the writer that it’s a good goal to go for?
Just remember to be respectful in your response, otherwise I’ll have to ignore your comment.
Sources & references used in this article:
TRAINING THE HAMSTRINGS AND GLUTES by L Simmons – Powerlifting USA, 2007
Elitefts Deadlift Manual by R Deadlift, GH Raise, LL Curl, G Mornings – alphaedgefitness.com
Elitefts Free Deadlift Manual-Collaboration of 30 Elite Ranked Powerlifters by D Tate – elitefts.com
Muscle: Confessions of an unlikely bodybuilder by D Tate – elitefts.com
Learn more about fitness! by SW Fussell – 2015 – books.google.com
MENS SANA IN CORPORE SANO by MIMCH Grail