I got into it with someone about this today. In all actuality, I beleive the deadlift is hands down the best lift in the universe. If I had to pick one movement to build my physique, it would be the deadlift. BUT, there are ton's of guys out there who have awesome back development that can barely deadlift a plate off the floor. I see it all the time. The only reason I bring this up is the fact that I'm thinking about dropping deads completely during my contest prep and picking them up again during my next mass phase. This doesnt mean I'm gonna lift like a pussy. I just feel in such a calorie deprived state, I can't afford the extra recovery time needed when I'm already training 6 days a week. Your thoughts???