Or you could be a real meat head and grow that yoke! http://www.t-nation.com/workouts/building-a-bigger-yoke Yeah lifting heavy takes its toll. I think that's where prelipins theory comes in handy. Also de load weeks are necessary sometimes. It really doesn't impact me until I regularly get up to weights that are pushing previous PR's but the same thing has been happening to me too, hence the once every two weeks deadlifting idea. Kidding about the yoke.