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Interview With Mark Bell

EliteFTS interviews 308 powerlifter and owner of Super Training gym Mark Bell.

Thoughts on deloading for elite powerlifters:

Are you making progress? Is it the kind of progress that you want?

Quick words of advice:

- I do not like or believe in deloading.

- Rather than deloading, why not reload and move to another exercise or another set or rep range?

- Why not just take a day off if you feel run down? Why would you plan it? To me it seems like people plan stuff they don’t even know they need.

- Deadlifting heavy every 10-14 days gives you a decent amount of time to recover and make improvements. If you are doing speed pulls under 80% you might be able to get away with deadlifting a little more often.

- If you shirt up on a Thursday does it really make any sense to push your speed bench 3 days later? I'd say no. Why bother doing any benching unless you feel you can get something out of it?

- If you work up on DE squat day is there a reason to do a big box squat on your ME day? No.

Those were some random notes but I think they should help. Ultimately, better planning will help you avoid deloading altogether. The purpose of our sport is to lift weights, so why take a break? If we were lifting for football I could understand pulling certain movements out and working on other attributes, but we’re powerlifters. We lift. That’s what we do. If lifting makes you too tired, you’re in the wrong sport.

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Damn that dude is smart!

Owner of Super Training in Sacramento.
www.supertraininggym.com

Why does he only pull 700?
Maybe he needs to improve his pull over that of the best 148 pounders before giving deadlift advice.

Damn, I suck!
Damn those litle dudes for being so strong.
My best pull of the year 716 was 21st in the 308s. Not good but certainly not the worst.

Your Hero,
JackAss

Owner of Super Training in Sacramento.
www.supertraininggym.com

Nice pullin' Phatty. :)

So, you're not a fan of the Aichs-style(tm) deload? ;)

Anonymous wrote:
Why does he only pull 700?
Maybe he needs to improve his pull over that of the best 148 pounders before giving deadlift advice.

Right on man, I would never take advice from anyone who didn't pull in the mid 800s+.

HE does bench and squat a shit load. I agree with guys about not taking advice from a guy that doesn't deadlift 800lbs+. On the other hand I never take deadlift advice from guys that can deadlift 800+ but not bench 600lbs+. THat is unless it is raw. 800lbs+ deadlifters are usually only that strong because of their leverage and vice versa. Meaning they can pull a hell of a lot more tim

Anonymous wrote:
HE does bench and squat a shit load. I agree with guys about not taking advice from a guy that doesn't deadlift 800lbs+. On the other hand I never take deadlift advice from guys that can deadlift 800+ but not bench 600lbs+. THat is unless it is raw. 800lbs+ deadlifters are usually only that strong because of their leverage and vice versa. Meaning they can pull a hell of a lot more tim

You should note the sarcasm in my post. You have totally lost me with yours though, I am still trying to decipher it. If you don't want to take advice from Mark, don't, it is as simple as that. Some of the lifters that lift with him have made great strides in the deadlift, so he may know a little bit about it, but that is my opinion. If you are not willing to look at other ways of doing things or trying different stuff then obviously you should stick to the way you do it and not worry too much about how he does it. I think he wrote this for an audience that was interested in the way he does it and if you aren't in that audience then don't worry about it.

good stuff
casey reece

Because his pull might not be "amazing" to some people standards does not mean his advise cannot be of value..

You take alittle advise from everyone and try to make it work for yourselves.. No one thing works for everyone one and the more information you can get the better of you will be... just my two cents from an old guy...

I went 1030,730,840.. balanced lifts, but not great in anyone lift, but I feel I have solid adivse for lifters, even though individually my lifts are ok..

Now just doing the raw dog... well trying to :)

Aaron Lawrence
2600@308... #2