Hi Coach Thibaudeau. I’m about to start running your “20-Minute Muscle Builder” program https://www.t-nation.com/workouts/20-minute-muscle-builder - my schedule is getting pretty full, so this seems like the answer to my prayers for mass! Just had a few questions:
You wrote in the article that it is possible to “perform the A workout in the AM as your first training session and the B workout in the PM as your second session.” If you use this approach, do you still train every day, doing both A and B every day in this way, or do you take a day off in between?
Is it permissible, or recommended, to add any light additional work afterwards? E.g a set or two of arms, a set of pullovers just to stretch out a little? Or would you recommend to leave it and simply do the program as written?
For the final set, you prescribe an AMRAP set of 15-20 reps at 60% of 1RM. When I tried the workouts, I could not for the life of me hit 15 reps at that weight. It’s something that I’ve noticed on other occasions too, so it’s definitely a problem with me.
Why am I struggling so much with this, and what would you recommend? I assume I should just drop the weight to a level that allows me to get 15 reps and go from there?
On this post Deadlifts in 20-Minute Muscle Builder you mentioned one can use “a cluster 3-3-3-3-3-3 with 20 sec between “sets” of 3 on the deadlift.”
Do you recommend this over the straight 20-rep sets originally written in the program, or is this only applicable in some cases?