I’m a late starter to weight training; I’m 39, 175lbs, healthy & fit (did quite a bit of treadmill work for a couple of years as we have one in the garage) and have followed 3 of Ian King’s programs first published as a supplement in Men’s Health a few years ago. From a position of great weakness everywhere, I’ve made good progress.
As a change, and having read so many great things about CW’s ABBH program, I figured I’d give it a go. I’d appreciate some feedback on some queries I have. By the way, I did get Terry Lee’s spreadsheet a few days ago (thanks again Terry).
On day 5, the program calls for vertical movement plane targetting the chest & back. Chad goes for Dips & Chin-ups, but Terry goes for Chin-up & Military press.
Is there any reason for Military press as it targets the shoulders?
Also, I just know I would struggle to do even one set of 10 Chin-ups - would lat-pulldowns be ok as a substitute?
Regarding the %age of 1RM, should I be going to failure on the last rep of each set?
For those of you who have been through the program, when you were performing 5 sets of 10 reps BB front squat, could you actually do the full 10 reps of the 5th set? I wondered if anyone found that they were fatiguing towards the end.
One further comment - though a relative newbie, I have joined a commercial gym and have been squatting, deadlifting, bench pressing, bent over rowing and also been on the dip/pull-up assist kit - so I am happy to vary any of the exercise recommedations as required.
Thanks for any feedback.