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Another 500-pound deadlift attempt; Hip pain; March “100 Challenge”.

Tuesday, February 20, 2007 by  
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I was very excited about last night’s workout because I wanted to attempt a 500-pound deadlift while fresh. I felt really good in the hours leading up to my workout, and during the warm-up sets my confidence continued to grow. After my warm-up sets I did a couple of 400+ pound acclimation sets before the 500-pound attempt, and during those sets I felt some pain and a bit of weakness in my hips. Honestly, I’ve felt some pain in my hips over the past week, but I’ve been ignoring it. I’m sure the hip pain is due to all the very heavy deads I’ve been doing for reps lately. Anyway, against my better judgment (as usual) I decided to go ahead with the 500-pound attempt, and I failed. I just broke the plates off the ground, but that’s as far as they moved. My hips were screaming, and frankly I don’t think I had the strength anyway. As much as I hate to admit it, I’m just not there yet. I’m going to pull 500-pounds one day, but that day is not here yet.

I backed the weight off to 440-pounds (which is what I did last week for reps), and did less reps than I did last week. My hips were hurting pretty bad, but I don’t like to make excuses. I was very disappointed in myself, and the failed 500-pound attempt clearly shook my confidence.

I still had a lot of workout left to go after my deads, but I was in a bad place mentally. I was feeling very negative and defeated, so I took five minutes to get my act together and regain my focus. Yeah, my workout was off to a bad start, and I had a choice to make: I could let the negativity defeat me, or I could fight and make the rest of my workout awesome. Taking a few minutes to get my mind right was the smart thing to do. I used the deads as motivation to make the rest of my workout even better, and the rest of my workout was phenomenal. When I finished my workout I felt great!

This morning my hips are still hurting. It’s nothing serious, but when I’m pulling 440+ pounds the pain tends to be considerably magnified! I’m going to see how I feel next Monday. I may substitute another exercise for deads next week if I’m still experiencing hip pain.

I’ve opened the March “100 Challenge” a little early. Details are immediately below. Have fun!

Registration for the March 2007 “100 Challenge” is now underway! Your Official Challenge post must be made by 7:00 AM (EST) on March 1, 2007 if you plan to participate. To participate, you must be a member of the forum. If you are not a member, simply create a free account. For all the details, official rules and sample entry data, just head over to the March 2007 “100 Challenge” thread on the forum. If you are ready to work hard and want to challenge yourself in a fun and competitive environment, then please take part! If you decide to join the challenge, then you are expected to see it through to the end. No slackers!

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