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I’m a little hesitant to post this, but I’m curious of anyone’s thoughts on training 2 consecutive days per week (think weekends), but with the full intensity. I’ve read the books and I know Jim recommends alternating intensity for squats and deadlifts each day, but if I can handle the intensity is there any down side to doing this? And even more crazy, what about only one day per week, maybe split up (deadlifts, ohp in the a.m. and squats, bench in the p.m.) if I can handle the workload. My reasoning had to do with long work hours combined with a long commute which already leads to a slight lack of sleep throughout the week, so the forthcoming advice of " wake up an hour earlier to train" would only shorten my sleep even more. Not trying to sound like I’m looking for excuses to cop out, it’s the opposite, I really want to train so I’m trying to figure out how to make it work on my off days. I’ve been running 531 for 3 cycles with good progress and did starting strength for 6-8 months before that, with moderate lifting experience before that. My lifts are squat 330, deadlift 385, bench 260 and press 150, all singles. Any insights are appreciated.