I amazed myself last night. I deadlifted 790 lbs, just a little more than I have ever done in the past. I'm getting closer and closer to 800, so frikken close. I'm not positive, but if the bar was a longer deadlift bar (7 1/2 feet), I might be able to pull 800. I rested for 15 minutes and went for 800, but couldn't get past my knees. Is it easier to pull weight when it's close to your body or spread farther out? This pursuit of strength can be pretty confusing and unpredictable at times. Last week I thought I had lost weight in both the deadlift and bench press (still might have in the bench, haven't tested yet), but last night I just kept pulling weights up that continued to shock me and my little audience of gym rats in Denver. So, hopefully my bench press effort will go as well on Wednesday. I don't know why I seemed to be so much stronger than just 7 days ago. I guess I just needed more time to recuperate. Diet has been the same food every day, so that's not it. Guess I'll never know for sure, so all I can do is just keep following programs and continue to hope for the best. I estimate my bodyfat to be at 14% right now. The calipers say 11.5% so 14% is probably a good estimation. I'm 9 lbs heavier than I was during my powerlifting competition about 8 months ago. Never takes me long to put on weight, just takes forever to lose it. So, Korte's program of deadlifting 3 times per week has improved my deadlift after all, and I'm very satisfied with my bodyfat as well. Everyone operates best at different bodyfat levels, but I don't think it's possible for anyone to be very strong (very strong meaning close to their genetic potential) with bodyfat under 10% , unless they're on drugs. So, as far as I'm concerned I'm not too fat, but not a lean weakling either. If I can get a raw 465 with a good pause on the bench on Wednesday I'll be happy, but what I'm really looking forward to is the squat. Squatting 3 times per week has really boosted my strength in that lift, and I think my effort on Friday is going to be impressive. Then, I will be finished with Korte...think I'll move on with a 4 week sheiko plan (http://web.archive.org/web/20050505072453/www.zyworld.com/powerlifting/sheikotraining1.htm ), which should pound me into submission and then allow plenty of time to recover to tear the crap out of some weights in the shawn ray classic. I won't be much of a contender in the Shawn Ray because I only do olympic squats now and refuse to train in a bench shirt like I did for my last meet, so will just do the whole thing raw & with a low squat. Bench shirts are such a huge pain in the ass, and even squat suits suck when you wear them for training. So, while I am against equipment, I'm bothered more by the difficulty of training with equipment then I am wearing it for an event. Training with shirts is no joke. It's painful. Wish there was a good 100% raw meet in colorado this year but I can't find any. Rant over Back to Korte----These gains just go to show you that you need to stick with a program and give it a chance to work, no matter how anxious or worried you are that it's not doing any good. Sometimes you just don't know until you're done. It's ok to whine and bitch, JUST DON'T GIVE UP ON THE PROGRAM UNTIL YOU'RE FINISHED with at least one cycle. Anyway, I'm pretty much 100% powerlifter now, so won't be hanging out here much. However, wanted to keep updating with Korte's program until I'm finished with it.