If the goal is a 500 lb DL at 220 in a deadlift only meet, I’ll tell you what I would do.
First 500 at 220 is beginner level. There should be no need to “unload”, cycle intensity or anything fancy. You should progress quickly from below this number. Don’t plan the weights specifically for each week, you may well surpass 500.
First you need to select assistance exercises based on strengths/weaknesses of the movement. Where does he fail a lift? Is he strong off the floor and fails 2/3 of the way up?
For 10 weeks a good place to start might be:
Monday: Bench and related assistance. Work fairly hard, but don’t emphasize. Stick to reps mostly around 5 for peak sets.
Tuesday: Squat, again work hard (especially for first 6 weeks), but stick to 5 reps roughly, and don’t peak the lift during this time.
Friday or Saturday: DL and assistance. This is the big day, the focus. Try to get 3-4 guys to meet every week just for this day.
For DL assistance I might include (not all at once):
- heavy bent rows from floor (replace on floor each rep). 3 rep sets
- clean pulls, 3 rep sets
- rack lock outs from 1" below knee, 5 reps
- weighted chins narrow parallel grip.
You might do 1) and 4) for 3 weeks, followed by 2) and 4) for 2 weeks, followed by 3) and 4) for 2 weeks. This is a total of 7 weeks assistance. Phase it out for last 3 weeks. Work abs etc throughout.
Finally for DL.
After complete warmups and intermediate weights, do 2 tough sets. start with a relatively easy weight for first week. Hit the assistance hard, but add enough each week to the DL that the sets get tough after maybe 3 weeks. Weeks 4-7 really go hard, feed off the extra guys that you have come in. Weeks 8 and 9 drop the reps and only do one set. Also drop assistance work. You will peak for comp.
wk 1: 8,8
wk 2: 6,6
wk 3: 6,5
wk 4: 5,5
wk 5: 5,5
wk 6: 5,5
wk 7: 4,3
wk 8: 3
wk 9: 2
wk 10: comp
For beginner lifters the rep scheme is less important than maintaining form and using mental intensity and a precise focussed setup (In other words, for Christ’s sake it’s only 500 lbs, you’re a big guy, lift the fucking thing!!).