I am not saying it is revolutionary. The concept of overreaching (or planned overtraining) has been around for a while. But the HFM is a bit more structured than simply training your balls to the wall up until 2 weeks before competition then backing off and it is a very aggressive form of overreaching.
Heck, I have used planned overreaching before competition before as well, but nothing along the lines of what is proposed by the HFM.
I am mostly trying to find out if anyone has any experience using THIS FORM of planned overreaching, and if so, what their results have been.
Under the HFM, the volume increases massively as the intensity also increases to maximal weights and the ramp up is over a very short time.
Under the example used for O-Lifting, the number of training days increase as well from 3 full body days to 4 full body days, to 5 full body days (with some of the those days being 2-a-days) for 2 weeks, followed by backing off to 4 full body days and eventually to 2 full body days.
During the 2 weeks overreaching, Coach Pendlay reports that relative maximums fall to about 94% or so (which jibes with the critical drop off percentage used by coach Francis and others) and you are trying to hit your daily maximum single every day during the overreaching period.
From what I have read of the program, ramping up both volume and intensity is so extreme that the 5 week program (where you only overreach for 1 week) is supposed to be for those who are just entering the advanced phase.
The 6 week program (with 2 weeks of overreaching and deloading over 2 weeks) is for advanced teens (or ostensibly those with enhanced recovery abilities from steroids or other performance enhancers). Apparently, to reap the full benefits of the 2 weeks of overreaching for most advanced trainees, it takes a full 4 weeks of tapering.
Apparently this program was developed based on research showing that, at least for advanced trainees, a drop off in your T/E ratio of between 10-30% is required to create supercompensation. Apparently, having your T/E ratio depressed beyond 30% (due to training) results in overtraining and having your T/E ration depressed by less than 10% (due to training) is insufficient (at least for advanced athletes.
Anyway, just trying to find out if anyone has experimented with this particular model of overreaching for PL or OL.