IN THE PAST, deficit deadlifts have been a go-to rehab exercise for me, to get my pulls back up to strength. Years before my first bicep detachment, good mornings were a staple of my training, and were key to me developing the lower back strength that I possessed. Over time I dropped the GMs and other glute and hamstring exercises in favour of more strongman-specific movements and, slowly but surely, my lower posterior strength diminished. I began to get muscle spasms in my adductors, which (I realise now) were over-compensating for my weakened glutes and hamstrings.
In the few months I've focussed on technical, higher volume movements including squats, good mornings and deficit deadlifts, my strength base has returned. And, over the last few weeks, I've had the chance to test that base. Three weeks back I pulled 300 for a comfortable triple, and yesterday I pulled 335 - twenty kilograms off my best ever with an axle at competition pull height.