I'm very aware that I'm raising a very old thread. But it's on purpose. Because I did try the No deadlift program. I ran with it for 16 weeks with this kind of protocol:
1-3 reps for 3-4 work sets Power Cleans
3RM-5RM Good Mornings.
Accesorial exercises (Like glute, quad or core work)
After 16 weeks I did a couple of weeks altering dynamic deadlifts and max effort deadlifts (mostly sumo, some conventional).
Now, I love to deadlift, which is why I didn't like the program. But I was interested to see what happens if I only DL once a month. After the no-deadlift program was over, I tested my conventional DL 1RM. It was 165kg. My previous PR from may was 170kg. Boy, was I dissapointed. The program didn't work one bit. Or so I thought.
In may my Sumo Deadlift 1RM was 155kg. Last month, I lifted 170kg. Without a problem. Today I got 180kg. My conventional was 175kg. A 5k Improvement from the summer. Granted, I did a couple of weeks of deadlifts after that, but still.
So I'm really puzzled here. I doubt that the measly 3-4 max effort sumo days and 3-4 dynamic sumo days I had before these new maxes really did the work. I'm thinking that the no-deadlift program improved my hip strength and explosiveness by huge amounts, which gave me the opportunity to improve my Sumo DL. Maybe my conventional DL was more about my back strength than my hips, which didn't quite improve with the olympic lifts or good mornings.
Oh, and this was done with a BW of 80kg.
In conclusion, Kenny C, I quess I owe you some thanks. Your program model improved my sumo deadlift by 25kg.