Who isn’t up for a challenge every now and then?…
Well, gentleman… and ladies, if you think you have what it takes to stand out then we welcome you to take this brutal test where you’ll deadlift a chosen weight (depending on the individual’s strength level) twice every minute for a half-hour straight.
This challenge was introduced by a 61-year-old man named Gary John who was a thrower. He managed to pull 60 repetitions with 315 pounds which is an amazing feat but now it’s your turn to see just how much of a badass you really are!
Now, you can do this challenge either two ways…
- Perform one rep every 30 seconds
- Perform two reps every minute on the dot
Are There Any Benefits?
It’s not enough these days to want to take on a challenge without there being some sort of incentive.
Well, if you’re someone who deadlifts regularly then this challenge will improve your lifting posture by forcing you to have no other choice but to lift with perfect form otherwise you’ll feel it the next day, and it’s unsafe to deadlift without proper technique.
Also, anytime we really push ourselves we find out just how tough we really are. Well, this challenge will do that without a doubt and therefore, it can carry over into other aspects of your training…
And not to mention (we’re sure you know this by now), the deadlift is a full-body exercise which means you’re working every muscle while improving strength simultaneously, including working on your grip strength.
So, there is that shock element which we are almost sure the majority of people never implement in their training (which there’s nothing wrong with but it’s good every once in a while).
Plus, it’s different than the same old boring, monotonous training.
There… you happy now? Let’s move on shall we…
Do I Have To Use a Standard Barbell?
Nope! Although the conventional way of performing the deadlift is one of the most beastly and effective ways to do it. But, you can also use a trap bar for this challenge.
Also, use whatever grip is most comfortable for you whether it be a double-pronated, mixed grip or even a Sumo stance.
How Much Weight To Use?
Use at least a 45-pound plate on each side but if you can do 315, then why not try? Although, you can use whatever weight is good for your capabilities.
…Alright, well it’s a rather simple challenge so just make sure to follow the rules accordingly and let us know how many reps you can pump out during this torturous… oh, um, we meant awesomely challenging physical test.