faizal: Are you saying there is little or no carry-over between >10 rep deadlifts and 1RM?
If the 20 rep squat program is so successful you would think that the DL which uses maybe more muscle would also get you the same type of gains although I would be concerned with the teeth clenching, lung searing last few reps, that your form doesn't deteriorate to the point of injury.
I dedicated a bit of time to high rep deadlifts (10-14 range) in the past. I work hard, and worked to failure. My whole body got bigger. I'm not sure I'd do it again though. The toll it took on my mind--the bar getting heavier week by week--was enormous.
I will say this -- if I only did 10RM max training, my 1RM would go down if I had been doing decent 1RM maxes before. If I had not been doing any deadlifts before, and I start doing 10 RM training, both will improve.
I would say that generally speaking, both will improve (stronger is stronger), especially if you train both. Esp. with the deadlift where it is really a "series" of singles rather than a typical straight set.
I would say that if your training maximizes one over the other, you may see one get better while the other gets worse. I know that I haven't done any 1RM training but did a lot of high rep stuff and noticed my high rep stuff got better but my 1RM got slightly worse (475lb to about ~445lb). But that was just because I had done some good 1RM training prior to that.
There are no absolutes.....what happens is a depends on both the training and the training...
Steve is correct. Read RTK. You will get much more from the book than the part on DL. I'll paraphrase it tomorrow, but you'll have to trust me when I tell you that it is a few sentences out of a book that is a wealth of knowledge.
Last edited by mettleman; 04-29-2010 at 08:15 PM.
I'll start the pararphrase and Coms. Steve and Mettleman can jump in. Basically Phil Workman used low-weight (~25-30% of 1RM), high-rep (2-3x20, 2-3x/wk) BB deads to blow his 1RM through the roof. That's on p. 90. On p. 91, high-rep Dimel DLs are discussed. On p.92, Ukranian DLs with a kettlebell for high reps are on. Then we have Com. Kenneth doing double KB sumos on p. 93.
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