If you are like me, you probably have no idea where these “meme”s came from but wish like hell they would go back.  What I would like to know is who really has all that time on their hands to sit down and create all this viral, useless internet crap.  I mean whatever happened to wanting to create real art?  P.S. I’m sure this post is already going to get trolled….looking at you Matt Perryman.

End rant.

Now that that is out of the way I thought I would would throw down a challenge flag and share my friend Jen Sinkler of Experience Life Magazine‘s challenge of the week that had me gassed after a mere 21 reps.  The Survival Deadlift Challenge is done by straightbar deadlifting 1.5 times your body weight as many times as you can.

Disclaimer: This can be dangerous if you don’t have awesome “Tony Gentlicore-esque” form and/or a history of back pain.  I also want to add that I highly recommend against adding this into your weekly or even monthly repertoire.

That said, it is something fun to try and see where you stack up against others and challenge yourself to do something out of your program and comfort zone.  Oh yeah, and holy sore butt city Batman!

Being the uber-Type-A guy that I am, it is really hard for me to break away from a training program to do some of the “fun stuff” (I use that term lightly) and scrap the training schedule for the day.  Luckily, my fiancee is a little more easy going than I and found Jen’s challenge online and asked me to video her owning the metal.  Check it out:

If you think she is as awesome as I do, comment below or on the Youtube page!  For those wondering, that is 165lbs on the bar. I got me a keeper!

Meanwhile, I’m working on finishing up max effort front squats and wondering how many deadlifts I could get on the challenge before pooping a spleen.  Instead of asking Mr. Owl (the answer’s always 3 *crunch!*) I had to find out:

The source of my power, if you didn’t notice, is my sweet new pair of New Balance PF Flyers (run faster, jump higher).  For those of you who aren’t in the know, they are the shoes that Bennie “The Jet” Rodriguez wore in The Sandlot to outrun Hercules in the Sandlot.  This was my first squat session in them and I like them better than Chucks.  In other news, how badass would it be to have James Earl Jones do the voiceover for your life biography?

Best.  Trailer.  Ever!

Anyways, it is needless to say my form quickly deteriorated after rep 7 as you can see with a hyperextended neck.  After rep 13 my lats start to relax a little and it gets a little difficult to maintain a neutral spine.  By reps 19,20, and 21 I am gassed and just like a max deadlift form is nowhere near perfect.

Like I said before, I am not a huge proponent of deadlifts for reps but I am confident my lumbar spine stays neutral even though my t-spine begins to flex towards the end of the set.  Although it is not optimal, I don’t foresee any negative consequences.  I mean, Crossfit does crap like this daily so I think once in a great while is not the end of the world.

So there’s the challenge, now go out and own some deadlifts!  If you aren’t confident with 1.5x body weight, give bodyweight a shot.  If that is still too much then tackle a lighter weight and in the meantime, work on getting stronger!


Written by Steve