So, we'd all agree that the deadlift is fairly taxing on the CNS? And that when in calorie defecit, we are further stressing the CNS? And that at some point, we may feel we've over trained this lift? This is where I'm at right now. I'm not putting more pounds on the bar every week. At this point, I'm struggling to hit the same numbers as 2 weeks prior. But, I just can't give up my love for the deadlift, so I keep pushing it. After yesterday's session, I feel my body is telling me to call it quits. So, how does this plan sound. I will substitute heavy db rows, t-bar rows, seated rows, and chest supported rows on my deadlift days for one week. The next week, try some lighter deadlifts for volume work with a variation (say maybe different grip, or sumo, or off a platform, etc, just to mix it up). Then on friday work up to some heavy triples and doubles in the conventional dl and see how I feel. I just don't want to take a full on deload week as I'm still progressing in the majority of my lifts.