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bigbeardiver
03-14-2012, 03:37 AM
I started doing deadlifts because I needed to fill a number in my profile at JeFit, if it were not for that I probably would have waited longer to try them. My question is does it make sense to start the lower weights as Romanian and not putting the bar down, then as the weight scales higher put the bar down after each rep? I found putting the bar to the floor after each lift was getting annoying and taking too much time, so I would just put it down at higher weights. I rest 120 seconds after each set. When I put the bar down during a set I immediately pick it back up.

Week 1 - 1RM 302.5
Set 1 135x5 (full down)
Set 2 225x5 (full down)
Set 3 275x3 (full down)
Set 4 275x3 (full down)
Set 5 315x0 (FAILED)

Week 2 - 1RM 320.83
Set 1 135x10 (Romanian)
Set 2 225x6 (full down)
Set 3 275x5 (full down)

Week 3 - 1RM 320.83
Set 1 135x10 (Romanian)
Set 2 185x10 (Romanian)
Set 3 225x5 (Romanian)
Set 4 245x5 (full down)
Set 5 275x5 (full down)

Week 4 - 1RM 326.66
Set 1 135x10 (Romanian)
Set 2 185x10 (Romanian)
Set 3 225x10 (Romanian)
Set 4 245x10 (Romanian)
Set 5 275x5 (Romanian)
Set 6 315x1 (full down)

Deviation
03-14-2012, 04:32 PM
While they may seem similar, they aren't. The movement in a romanian deadlift is not going to hit the back/posterior chain as well as a standard barbell deadlift. It's actually closer to a straight leg deadlift (SLDL) in its movement and muscle activation.

RDL
http://www.exrx.net/WeightExercises/OlympicLifts/RomanianDeadlift.html
(http://www.exrx.net/WeightExercises/OlympicLifts/RomanianDeadlift.html)
Deadlift
http://www.exrx.net/WeightExercises/ErectorSpinae/BBDeadlift.html
(http://www.exrx.net/WeightExercises/ErectorSpinae/BBDeadlift.html)
As for whether is makes "sense", to me no. I'm more interested in hitting multiple groups hard with the deadlift.

Notice the starting position in this video.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?list=PL08C52FCD086F6694&feature=player_detai lpage&v=MX8jgCFXYTU

Here's a few more for your reference:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?list=PL08C52FCD086F6694&feature=player_detai lpage&v=sP4FwBkuK6o

http://www.youtube.com/watch?list=PL08C52FCD086F6694&feature=player_detai lpage&v=1nRRlk6264I

"But hey its just advice. Do whatever the F*** you wanna do!" (Hodge Twins ;) http://www.youtube.com/user/twinmuscleworkout?feature=g-u-u)

bigbeardiver
03-14-2012, 08:03 PM
Thanks Justin. That is what I was wondering.