Hardcore Back Workout Challenge – Part 1 of 2

This is a killer video of my first heavy workout since the Atlantic Classic Bodybuilding Contest.
We did a hardcore back “challenge” workout!

There were 4 BIG dudes training together:
– Big Luke who is 245 pounds and built like a tank!
– Dave “The Muscle Cook” Ruel at a ripped 230 pounds!
– Big Remi at a lean and powerful 217 pounds!
– And myself, the little man of the group, at just 207 pounds

We would start each exercise with a warm up weight and
then go one after the other, each set adding more weight to
the bar and keep going until we hit failure and had to drop out.
Each exercise we did was a competition to see who could lift the
most weight or bang out the most reps!

Let me tell you, this kind of training motivation and competition
will drive you to give it 100%, after all none of us wanted to be
considered a pussy and finish last!

This is part 1 of 2 of our challenge workout.
I’ll be posting up part 2 in a day or so.

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About The Author


Lee Hayward is a competitive bodybuilder and muscle building coach who has been online helping people build muscle, lose bodyfat, and get in shape since 1999. Lee was selected as one of the Top Fitness Trainers Online through YouTube's Next Trainer Program and his work has been featured in several international magazines such as: FLEX, Muscle Insider, Muscle Mag International, Testosterone, Ironmag, and Forbes.


  • Hameed

    Excellent video overall! You don’t see too many videos like this where an author/trainer like yourself posts up a video of himself training with other guys in a friendly/competitive session!

    Post up more like this from now on! It’s very inspirational!

    I am by no means anywhere near as powerful as any of you guys – the most I’ve lifted in deads was 350 lbs for 5 reps, however watching the guy in shorts doing the deads was scary. His back was so rounded – unlike yours Lee that was perfectly arched, I was so scared he would ruin his back. Please coach him on proper technique as his form is begging for a serious injury.

    Other than that, keep up the good work!

  • Maddox

    OMG, the form on that last 500lb set was scary!!! No, no, no!!!

  • Eric

    Considering you were the smallest of all those guys you held your own pretty well. Nice job and great form.

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  • Jaws2

    Awesome !! Talk about inspiration !! Can’t wait for part 2 !

  • Steven

    lol lee has the finniest face when is pushing the last few sets 😛

  • Crain49


    I appreciate your real-world videos. Would you answer a couple of questions?
    How much soreness should be expected from a deadlift workout. My last DL was 250# for 3×6. I was noticably sore (in the back only) the next day but today (2nd day after) I noticed minimal soreness there when I did my squats. Also, how often do you do a full deadlift workout? Once a week? More than that? I am 49 years old so I try to be careful but I also want to progress as fast as my body will allow me.

  • Miguel

    U just reminded me that I need to begin doing deadlifts again! Excellent workout by the way!

    Thanks Lee!

  • TinyTim

    Cool video Lee. Deadlifts are the best exercise. You are right about working out with guys with similar strengths being a huge motivator. You need to do more videos like this. Thanks.

  • Nice, I did back and dead lifts tonight. I feel like I was there doing them again watching this video. Cool beans!

  • Rudy

    that’s a motivation! great video…
    waiting for part 2…
    tnx Lee…

  • Nice to check out the workout.
    I noticed which is common at my gym too, bigger guys taking on bigger weights but their form is slightly if not completely compromised. Lee your form never waivered & you were able to do the weights like it was easy whether or not that might have been true.

    Keep doing it up!

  • Sean

    Yeah, Lee, your form was perfect, but Dave’s was horrible. I also think the last guy’s 500lb form was too much back and not enough legs. You also have to watch out for the hyper extension at the top. I did this bad form for years and herniated a disc due to hyper extending at the top. I used to do reps with 405lbs, so I know how hard it can be to keep good form.

    Form is more important than weight, but thanks for the inspiration!

  • the cook

    the man with the grey hoody trains with absolutley bad technique. horrible to watch.

  • Gary

    Lee, I noticed, among your friends, you have the better form in the deadlift. Stronger than you look, I might add. In your email you wrote: And myself, the little man of the group, at just 207 pounds :-)”…that’s what I like about you, your humble, so I’ll say it for you: small in stature (compared to your friends) but big in heart.

    Keep repping Lee.

  • Eric

    Couldn’t have said it better Gary.

  • Joseph

    I have to say this was my favorite of your videos so far Lee, very nice. Real deal stuff.Those shorter plates do make a huge difference lifting considering normally 45’s are 2 or so inches taller, means you have to go down further for tall dudes makes it a killer. That guy lifting the 5 plates for 5 reps made me fill like a wimp. I got that up once before and it was a struggle to say the least. Whats with the hooded sweat shirts? Are you trying to burn more calories? I sweat so much already with just a t-shirt if I wore that kinda stuff I’d probably have a heat stroke..

  • Jay

    Yo Lee its ya friend Jay here, diggin that vid and the part two is great too, repping with your mates is the best motivater only problem being most my training mates aren’t as strong so i push them very hard to try and keep up. Yeh some peeps are right though some of the form was very bad.. Watch it guys don’t want wheelchairs and kinks.. lol. do you find that deadlifting with a diamond bar jus as easy as its using side grip like a farmers carry, i can do 8 reps at 600ib with that frame.. Cheers for your ongoing support dude..
    Peace and enjoy Cuba

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  • Sam

    Great video man, I can’t wait for part 2! You guys are definitely a inspiration.

  • ruben

    wowman cool video hey coach u really back up what u preach these video brother really shows technique on how to do these exercise