Hi Chris, thanks for the post.
Pushing myself isn't the issue. I just want to avoid failure. The first reply to the thread was perfect. If I'm not going to hit it (I'll bleed from my eyes trying) then lower the weight and hit it.
As far as progression, I want to follow the "Increase strength and muscle mass" program he lays out. Specifically, ABBH, SFM, WM, HH, SC, AW, LFGB, QD, WM, HH, LFGB, QD.
For ABBH I use 80% of 1RM. But the next month, for Strength Focused Mesocycle, I'd be using the same load... When I know that after a month of ABBH my max certainly increased. Do I arbitrarily make the decision on increase? I read his book and I don't see any clear reference to progressing month to month, program to program. Having said that, knowing what I do know, I'd say either 2.5% increase on my max or 5 lbs for upper, 10 for lower makes sense...
Hope I made that more clear.
I'll check out that link, too. Thank you!