I have seen a few records of "deadlift for reps" event in various strongman competitions and it seems that they do all out first set quite often, no matter how much time left till time limit. This is going against common sense, experince, observations of other sports and any theory I can relate to this subject.
It seems that it is quite common for them to start with all out set and get exhausted far from time limit - for example 6 fast reps in 30 seconds and no sucessfull rep (or at least try) in next 30 seconds.
If am correct, there is not a single one competitior using evenly spaced sets of one rep (in records I have seen). This lack of timing discipline seem to be really iracional in those professional athletes. My question:
Is there a reason for this unusual strategy?
The possible hypothesis to explain this behaviour I already reject:
they body work in a different way (I have not found any reason why it should be like that). Even though they could have superior genetics and use various drugs and experienced decades of training, they are still humans obeying the laws of this universe.
they do not really know what they are doing - I do not think this is possible, they are proffesionals, they should know that 60 seconds is way to much time for all out set.
The only hypothesis that seems to be somehow possible:
- they are avoiding doing too much work/reps (via resting between reps) to preserve energy for other events/days of the competition