Early in my training career my strength levels went up well until my Dead Lift - my pet lift at the time- hit a stone wall and I was stumped as to how to get it going up again.
Then I read up on a demanding training routine that would make ones stalled deadlift move up 50 pounds or so in 20 weeks of training!
Developed in an area of the world where deadlifting is their passion- THE FINNISH DEADLIFTING ROUTINE !
I HAD to give this a try BUT became tremendously overstrained in just a week into the program!
Talking with my advanced powerlifting friend- John Hoffmann, who later became a world champion and record holder- advised that programs such as that are for heavily drugged athletes and drug free guys such as me would most likely soon become overtrained.
Thank you Captain Hindsight!
After recovering from overtraining, I looked hard at the program and then tried it again with modifications.
Modifications= cut way back on the workload!
On Heavy Day I cut the sets back by half but worked up to the heaviest percentage.
Light days I deleted entirely as with most of the assistance work.
Every week I would add back one set or so to the program so that by the final week of each of the 3 cycles I was doing almost the whole heavy day sets - still omitting the light day as well as most assistance work.
End result = 50 pound increase on a lift that had been stalled for years!