A Bad Idea Masquerading as a Good Idea
Yesterday, I had what I considered to be a very good idea.
Let me set the scene for you. I walked into the gym bright and early, at around 8:00 AM. I deposited my belongings in my cubby like a good little boy, and started my daily paper work. At 8:15 I started my first client.
During the course of this 30 minute training session, I came across a loaded barbell, sort of rolled against one wall. Obviously, someone was using it for some exercise or another and was too lazy to unload and put it back. If you are at all familiar with gyms, you know this is not an uncommon thing to happen upon. No big deal, only 205 pounds on the bar. Just kind of in the way.
As my client was enjoying his one and only 90 second rest period, I decided to take care of it and put it away. So I wrapped my hands around it, bent over, and pulled. After all, the best way to get a loaded barbell off the floor is to deadlift it. So that’s what I did. Just doin’ my job. But then I deadlifted it 9 more times. What the hell, the kid was resting, may as well get some work in, right?
That’s when I had my idea. I was going to leave that barbell loaded… and deadlift it all day long.
Or at least until I hit 205 reps. Why 205 reps? Because that’s how much weight was on the bar.
It seemed like a good idea at the time.
So I put the bar down and ran my athlete through the last 10 minutes of his workout (which all of a sudden, now included a set of deadlifts at 205).
Since I had a long day (roughly 12 hours) scheduled, and I had a planned day off from training, I thought this would be a great way to get in some extra pulls.
I mean, why not? It isn’t really challenging weight, and what better way to take advantage of the fact that I have the kind of job where I’m actually allowed to work out? If nothing else, it would be a fun way to add a little challenge to the day.
Yea. Well, it wasn’t.
I mean, things didn’t go too badly, but damn, am I in pain. Here’s a look at the workout itself.
This isn’t so bad. It’s actually kind of fun. It’s going pretty well so far. I wonder why more people don’t do this?
I probably should have used more weight. Maaaaaaybe I’ll do this next week. I’ll try 250 for 250 reps.
Actually, that one was kinda rough. Maybe I’ll take a little break. Still, I think I could go heavier.
Crap, client starting now. I’ll do more right after.
Ugh. This is kinda tiring. I think this’ll be my last set before lunch. After I refuel, I’ll be ready to rock.
Too many reps, too soon after lunch. My tummy hurts. Glad I didn’t go heavier.
Going to vomit. As in, seriously, vomit coming out of my mouth. Pushed too hard. I shouldn’t have had that tuna sandwich. God, that’s gonna be gross coming up.
Ah, that went much better. Next time I do this, protein shakes only. No solid food.
Feelin’ strong. Just 50 more to go. I think I can finish before 6pm.
Efff this, I should have started lighter. Seriously, my ass is killing me. If feels like I got stung by a bee who had recently been stung by a hornet who had recently injected himself with radioactive steroids. No way am I finishing before 6.
Yea, not happening.
Okay, just 15 to go. I think I can get them in one set. Make it happen, Roman.
Wow. It seems I grossly overestimated myself there. How disappointing. I mean, that was really bad. I got less than half of what I thought I would. I suck.
Like I said, done before 7. Piece of cake. Damn, I’m awesome. I should totally have used more weight.
The next day:
Okay, okay. It wasn’t THAT bad. And it was a little fun, at least in retrospect.
Thing is, this information is kinda useless. For one thing, I’m not really sure if there is any merit here. It’s not really intense enough to make a good fat loss workout, or dense enough for a good muscle building workout.
I think the only real saving grace here is the “grease the groove” aspect. That is, the consistent movement within a given range of motion/movement pattern increases efficiency. Theoretically, deadlifting in this way could make your body better at deadlifting, which may translate into higher poundages down the road. Then again, if you’re not already good at deadlifting, and you try this, you’re probably asking for trouble.
Plus, ultimately, this is really impractical. Afterall, not many people have jobs that allow them to train this way. And even then, who wants to train for like 11 hours?
So, yeah, I guess this was pretty pointless. So why’d I do it?