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I just failed a 455lb dead lift, tried to down scale to a 405lb which I've been able to pull 5 of previously and failed at that too. How long do I rest prior to reattempting a previous max (405lb at 5 reps) and then reattempt the 455 level lift? Is it a week? or more? or less?

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I'm sure that's not what you're doing, but as it's phrased like now, it sounds like you're trying to increase your lift by 50lbs. Might want to reformulate to make it clearer. – VPeric Jan 23 '14 at 16:00
Longer than you did, probably like 3-5 minutes after a max rep attempt... – Hituptony Jan 23 '14 at 16:31
No - I ramped up to 455 my prior RM was 435, so I tried to move up 20 – Meade Rubenstein Jan 23 '14 at 17:28
You failed an attempt? That is enough for today. Do assistance and finish the workout. – ssteinberg Jan 24 '14 at 11:40
@ssteinberg - that was it for the day, believe me! My questions is, do I wait a week, month, etc. prior to reattempting the lift? – Meade Rubenstein Jan 24 '14 at 13:08

If you're following a regular weightlifting plan, you're likely weightlifting every other day. As a result, you should simply resume on your next workout day.

Since your most successful lift was 435 lbs, you can start with 440 or 445 lbs. This way, the increment isn't too large to throw your body into a panic or lose your self-confidence.

Just ease yourself into it and you should be fine.

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