I don't do that much strength training, and I've stopped blatting my legs because it really affects the aerobic stuff. But I thought I'd give deadlifting another go on Sunday. I can't squat free weights because for my height I've got a thigh which is ridiculously long, but I thought deadlifts might be an alternative. So, having done no strength training on the legs for ages, but loads of hard aerobic intervals, I could deadlift nearly twice my bodyweight and it still didn't feel as if it was really hitting my legs. With chalk or some straps I reckon I could have lifted a lot more. I felt that it could damage my back, and afterwards I realised I'd done something to my ankle, so basically a bit of a disaster. I reckon with long legs it is an awkward lift - you have to bend too far forward to clear your knees, which is where all the pressure on the ankle came from. The frame that you stand inside, rather than a bar, is the kit for long-legs, but we've got the one with the ridiculously wide handles for shrugs, rather than the narrow handles for deadlifting. Lift a lot of weight and it feels as if your traps are being ripped apart. Leg pressing from now on for me, I think. If I deadlifted enough to cause absolute failure in my legs in eight reps I'd be lifting a weight (and lifting it in a manner) which would pretty much guarantee injury. I suspect that's true for a lot of people. You see loads of blokes absolutely failing on benching and curls, but people stop a set of deadlifting and you think, "For a million quid you could do ten more, easy".