There have been a couple of posts asking about Gironda’s 8x8 system, with no one reporting having tried it, and concerns generally being raised about the volume.
I decided to do it, partly because of interest in whether acclimating to it might result in better gains in a following higher intensity (percent 1RM) and more moderate volume approach; and secondly because of some chronic soft tissue problems and a hope that a few weeks at very low percent 1RM might do some good.
I’m doing it as 2 days on covering everything with two workouts per day of 5 exercises each, and one day off.
Which will work out to an average of 373 (!!!) sets per week.
However, since only about half the weight is used – I’m starting with 35% 1RM – that one would typically use for 8 reps, in terms of tonnage this is perhaps better compared to “only” about 180-190 sets per week.
Which still is higher than I’ve ever done.
So far, so good though. It feels great actually. Well, not while doing the latter reps of the latter sets.
I ordinarily would not mention what I was doing, as there is no reason for that to be of much interest, but the Gironda 8x8 is a classical yet little-known routine, certainly Gironda was a great man in bb’ing and he apparently believed very much in it, and there has been interest in it here but yet no personal testimonies. Plus it certainly will be interesting if it heals the soft tissue problems.