Is Deadlifting Every Week Too Much?

Create: 08/23/2006 - 07:15
A Team Sniffy poster asks forum regulars if an article suggesting very few people can successfully deadlift every weak is accurate.

Hey guys what's up? I've never incorporated deadlifts into my routine but I will be doing so starting next session after doing some reading about the benefits of deadlifting. Seems like I've been missing out on quite a bit for quite some time! I came across an article on-line that suggested you don't perform the deadlift week after week because it is very taxing on the body. It also states that the squat targets similar muscles so that's another reason not to deadlift week in and week out. Here's the link: "The Top 10 Deadlift Mistakes Mistake #1: Training the deadlift heavy all the time Very few people can train the deadlift week after week and still make progress. I feel the only ones who can get away with this are the ones who're built to deadlift. If you're built to pull, then the stress on your system is going to be less than those who aren't built to deadlift. The deadlift is a very demanding movement and it takes a lot to recover from. This is compounded if you're also squatting every week. The squat and deadlift train many of the same muscles and this is another reason why you don't need to train the deadlift heavy all the time." Is the above referring to going to failure with deadlifts or what? What's you guy's feedback on this?


I don't nessairly agree. I think you have to know your own body. Most people can handle both in the same week.

I suggest you change it up. I do not know anyone who can kill it every week and make progress. It does not matter what type of training you are doing you got to change it up. We have Flex Bands at our gym so we can pull bands one week and then pull weight from the floor the next. If you do not know what I am talking about you can look on the instructional videos. My training partner Brett is on there doing sumo pulls and stiff legged deadlift with bands. I personally pull bands every 2 to 3 weeks. I do feel you can squat and deadlift in the same week. I just do not recommend doing squats or deadlift on consecutive days. That would be like training Chest on one day and then shoulders the next. I feel you benefit from doing both in the same week because when you compete you are going to be competing with muslces that were used on other events.

we pull every week.....and usally take off from pulling every 6 weeks or so.

I believe in pulling and squatting every week....and I have a physical job! You guys are young.....stop being so scientific.....just lift the damn weight!

I'm pretty new to powerlifting, but I'm doing sort of max effort one week, and speed lifts the following. You might want to look into some of the Westside stuff, so at least you can see the theory about why/how they change it up. It's been very helpful for me to learn.

I agree i am a heavyweight5 i pull 650lbs i train deads once every 2 weeks u need time to recover def esp if you squat too There is really no need to pull every week. You need to recover from pulling longer then bench and squat. I used to do it every week for a while then laid back a couple weeks came in and pullede and was stronger. Different strokes for different folks i guess.

There is really no need to pull every week. You need to recover from pulling longer then bench and squat. I used to do it every week for a while then laid back a couple weeks came in and pullede and was stronger. Different strokes for different folks i guess.

well let me throw a wrench in the gears. i am just starting a dead routine that has me pulling 3xw. today will be my 3rd pull since thursday. bear in mind ea workout is a different variation of pull and intencity varies as well. we'll see what happens. i have also read that a lot of the finish lifters pull 3xw. this may be why they have huge deads compared w/americans but fall behind in the bench and occasionally the squat. i am a firm believer in, the more frequently you can lift without overtraining the faster youll improve your #s on any lift. finding that balance is a key to success.


Submitted by Aaron L. (not verified) on
You can squat and deadlift everyweek.. I have been squatting a deadlifting 3x's per week on the same day for the last 12 months... Just do a variation of each lift each day and listen to your body... Incorporate plates, bands, chains, boxes, various heights, rep patterns.. and don't be afraid to try the unknown.. I KNOW THIS WOULD NOT WORK FOR EVERYONE, but give it a shot, it will push you to the limits.. The beginning is VERY hard, but once your body gets used to the work load, your weights should explode.. I went from 935 to 1030 in squat (I know gear manipulates the squat alot so who knows) but pure strength 820 to 860 in the deadlift in just a year.. 900 is not out of the question, GOD willing... Check out Brian Siders old workouts on his forum to get an idea of what I am talking about.. Just my opinion... peace Aaron L.

Submitted by TheGymMuse on
What Aaron suggests seems to working for me lately. Though I don't do any of the three lifts more than once a week,I have found by performing deadlifts each week with certain variations has worked for me. I've struggled to get my deadlift back up to more competitive numbers and have found by deadlifting one week conventional (heavy) and the next sumo (light), I have been able to recover enough to be able to sustain deadlifting on a weekly basis. After my last day training the deadlift, I decided to add lifting off a plate (even lighter and work on speed off the floor) next week. So in the upcoming weeks I will deadlift conventional, then the following sumo and the third off a plate then cycle over again. It feels great to be able to get back to this level where I feel progress is being made! Lift..., what else? Jim Roberts Maryland State Chairman 100% RAW Powerlifting Federation