For the last four months I have been deadlifting everyday at the gym. As others have heard about this I have been questioned time and time again if it is dangerous or will lead to any sort of injury. We have always been trained to believe anything in moderation is okay and anything in excess can be dangerous, but sometimes we never actually think about what happens in the real world and how working hard and perfecting your craft is an individual journey no others will understand.
Every morning at the break of dawn, The Farmer wakes to milk the cows, feed the horses and collect chicken eggs. He does not have an option to think about how sore he is, how tired he is or how the calluses on his hands are tearing. He wakes up and gets to work. Day in, day out, The Farmer bails hay, fixes his tractor and works his fields. Everyday is hard work, everyday is tough. He will never stop and think about how sore he might be or how tired he is because he knows he must get the job done. Lets be clear, he did not always work 12 hour days. He started young working 6 hours a day and was definitely sore from that. As the days and years went on, his body adapted to allow for 8-10 hour days with relatively no increase in his tiredness or soreness. His body had adapted over time to the daily stresses of his labour until he could work a full 12 hour day and feel the exact same way. He wasn't eating differently or sleeping more, he was just subjecting his body to the exact same thing each day which his body had learned to recover for and had a slightly increased workload over time. There is definitely days that are harder than some, where extra effort is placed leaving his body sore the next day, and there are definitely rainy days where he only had the ability to do the smallest of tasks, but overtime, the work stays the same and his mind never waivers that he has any other option. The Farmer gets the job done and his body works with him over time to insure his success.
In a world where art is viewed differently by everyone and standing out of the crowd is rare and difficult, The Painter must perfect his craft at all costs. He knows this is what he wants to do, so he gets to work for hours every day. He practices and practices on small works and experimental pieces, always believing that when he starts a main piece he will be ready to fulfill his dreams. He is consistent with his work, though some days the ideas aren't flowing and his vision isn't dialled in, he can always practice something that will further him on his works of art. He might get into a slump, feeling like nothing is going right or even going backwards, he erases and splashes to cover his mess up. Sometimes feeling demoralized, as if nothing is going right, The Painter always has his sights set on his dreams and knows that every covered up brush stroke and blotted out image taught him something. Every night consumed about his works, he thinks about every stroke he made and how he made it, or if he pressed too hard when he should've laid off. The Painter is on a long journey to fulfill his dreams, even in the eyes of others who do not understand his path, he still knows that he must practice his craft every day, honing his skills in some way or another which betters him. The Painter understands the process, working everyday in some way or another to achieve his goals.
There is no irony or metaphor now. Like The Farmer, athletes must subject their bodies to hard work everyday. Like The Painter, athletes must somehow hone their skills every day and practice if they want to become good technically. Working beyond your capabilities will possibly get you injured and assuming your ready to start a new program doesn't mean your body is, you must collect hours and hours with the bar over time to adapt, to allow yourself to train hard enough to achieve greatness.
For myself, it started out just doing 1-2 sessions a week. A few weeks before a planned max out or competition we would do 1 full week of going as hard as possible, maxing out in some capacity every single day. Dylan called this the primer week, setting the body up to acknowledge the fact that it would be deadlifting again the next day and that it had no choice but to recover. Days 1-3 of the primer were 'deadly', yet 4 and 5 seemed to feel awesome and even on the 5th day PR attempts would make there way on to the bar and possibly even made. This primer week started to make its way into my regular training and that is when I over did it, hurting parts of the body not even associated with the deadlift. Everything was overdone and in pain, but those struggles taught me my own limits and what not to do.
Nowadays, I structure my heaviest day on Monday doing heavy singles or triples at 85-95% after my two days rest and my most volume intensive day on Friday doing PR sets of 5-15 reps with 75-85% weights. Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday are recovery days where I hone my technique with light weights, overdoing technique work and going over my thinking of the lift. This is the style I have been using for the last four months with some slight deviation from the plan once in a while.
Just like The Farmer, I always remember I have a job to do each day regardless of how I feel, and just like The Painter, I know I always need to work on my skills and hone my craft if I ever want to fulfill my dreams of greatness one day. The Deadlifter is no different, the work isn't done until it is done, and you will never achieve anything unless you practice, practice and practice.