Jailhouse Strong- Block Pulls

Fri, 06/29/2018 - 17:32 -- admin
jailhousestrong- Block Pulls I remember as a teenager walking into this joint which was marketed as a hardcore gym, it was hardcore if that meant cashing in your 401 K for a sports car and hair bleach. The reality was this was mid-life crisis heaven or I guess hell. Point being, everything was about a show—I saw this one peckerwood consistently rack pull 850 pounds from right above his knees. This charade never even earned this poor soul a 600-pound deadlift or even a second look from the over-the-hill exotic dancer turned rent-a-cop. This was pure ego lifting and it is impossible to be your best when operating from a place of ego dominance. Fast forward a few years, I am getting ready for a strongman competition and one of the events was a deadlift that started three inches off the ground. The first time I went to try it I was in for a rude awakening—I had deadlifted 749 pounds in a meet at the time, but 705 pounds was glued to the floor. A lesser range of motion for me meant less weight lifted—logic seems defied. Application Point I was always faster than a one-legged man in an ass-kicking contest when it came to pulling weights off the floor. As I trained more and more world-class deadlifters from this initial experience 12 years ago, I noticed time and time again deadlifters that pull the weight like a bat out of hell off the floor suck at block pulls with weight elevated three to four inches off the floor. Because the initial speed cannot be generated from the normal starting point, deadlifting from this point for guys that are explosive off the floor feels basically like the equivalent of a dead bench, it damn near feels impossible to get the weight started. This will help fast starters build technique and actual increase starting strength. Obviously, as a meet approaches, you must dial in your technique off the floor and pull off the floor. Try block pulls elevated 3-4 inches off the floor if you are someone that pulls fast off the floor in your off-season. I have also used these with success with the likes of @aferchen @forsakenwarrior @cass.brandon @maximusgreen @mr.isenberg @tom_emelander and many others! Pictured Bill “Peanuts” West #jailhousestrong

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