For those that aren’t familiar with what I am talking about, it is the model based on a 5, 6 or 8 week training period, where both intensity and volume are increased together for two weeks to a peak of 1-2 weeks of absolutely brutal training starting on week 3 (1 week in the 5 week model and 2 weeks in both the 6 and 8 week models) followed by a 2 or 4 week taper where volume and intensity are decreased substantially (2 week taper in the 5 and 6 week models, 4 week taper in the 8 week model).
Basically, this program is contrary to the general concept that as you increase intensity, you decrease volume, instead increasing and decreasing volume and intensity together.
This model was designed by Glenn Pendlay (of Wichita Falls Weightlifting fame) and Michael Hartman and is described in “Practical Programming for Strength” in the “Advanced Trainee” section of the book. This is basically a model for overreaching which is supposed to cause a drop between 10-30% on the test/cortisol ration during the period of overreaching, resulting in overcompensation during the tapering period, when intensity and volume are reduced.
Some information on the net about this program can be found here:
An example of a program for O-lifting based around a 6-week program can be found here (you can download the .xlc files under the “MSU Experimental Training Program”):
Anyway, I wanted to know if anyone has ever tried to use a program like this either for an OL or PL program or a hybrid program for both, and to see some examples of how you designed your program, and what sort of results you had, and what tweaks you think you might make to the program if you were to give it another go. I have read the Glenn Pendlay thinks that the original 6 week program works better as an 8 week program using a 4 week taper instead of a 2 week taper.
Thanks in advance for your input.