As I have stated numerous times, my FIRE goal is to beat my personal best deadlift, which was a 100kg, trap bar deadlift for one rep. On Thursday, I did my first lot of deadlifts in my second program, also using a trap bar. Deadlifting again was very exciting, but even more so because of the weight I started at this time. During my first FIRE program, I started trap bar deadlifts lifting only the bar, which weighs around 10kg, so building up to 100kg from there was a big achievement. On Thursday I started deadlifting again at 50kg, which is already half of my personal best and damn but it felt good.
As you can see in the above video (which includes a candid cameo from my trainer Hilal) I'm lifting well, but having trouble keeping my knees out. I've been plagued by this for most of my life, and it was one thing I was glad to overcome during my last FIRE program. To safely deadlift, you need to push your feet into the floor (which is why I'm not wearing shoes) and keep your knees pushed out; the knee will always want to turn in, particularly as you tire, so, with this in mind and with my determination to hit 100kg+ by the end of this program, Hilal modified my next deadlift, dropping the weight down to 40kg but adding another challenge to correct my technique.
The band tied above my knees adds resistance as I push out; if I feel the resistance I know my technique is correct, and if my knees turn in and I stop feeling the resistance, I know I've lost the technique and am reminded to push back out again. Some of you may notice that my breathing seems exaggerated in this video, but that's deliberate on my part; a hard breath out at the top helps with the lift and I have a bad habit of breathing through my nose only when I exercise, so exaggerating the out breath though my mouth helps ensure I don't fall back into old habits. Wonder what I'll be deadlifting next week...?
You don't find the willpower - you create it.
Me With No Apologies.