Hello Coach, greetings from germany.
I’m a natural lifter for about 10 years now (before I was a marathon runner and soccer player) and turned 51 this January. As I got my trainer’s and nutritionist’s licences a few years ago I’ve always tried to design workout routines which could help me getting stronger, gaining some lean muscle and also don’t harm my aging body.
That’s how I remarked Your “best damn” routines, and I must admit that I like them very much and it seems to fit perfectly to my needs. I used to workout with a lot more volume and load before, neglecting that my joints (elbow, shoulders, wrists) developed more and more inflamation pain with time. For two months now I work with Your “best damn” plan no. 2, and I’ve never felt better after workout - challenged, but not destroyed, growing but not eroding.
Another principle which has worked great for me in the past has been Jim Wendler’s 5-3-1 scheme.
Could it be a good idea to substitute the heavy lifting sets from BDPFNL2 with the 5-3-1 scheduled main lifts?
I know most of the great coaches don’t like their programs to be altered, and it’s a widespread bad habit of impatient clients to leave a fixed routine in an early stage, but I think about it behalf of my age and my experience that the slow progress of 5-3-1 in those heavy compound lifts does a very appropriate job on my joints.
What Do You think about it?
Greetings from Cologne / Germany,