Both Tudor Bompa and Mark Rippetoe are very well-respected coaches. However, they have different views on the training of the beginner.
Rippetoe recommends to start a beginner on 3 sets of 5 reps, his rationale being that you can strength faster on sets of 5 reps, because fatigue in the form of lactic acid doesn’t build up, so each repetition is a quality repetition. Makes sense to me.
Bompa recommend a beginner start with high repetition sets of 15+ reps per set. The rationale is that tendons and ligaments need to be strengthened before you can increase the training intensity. Additionally, beginners can gain strength on as little as 40% of 1RM. So this makes sense to me as well.
So what are your thoughts on this? Which approach makes more sense to you, and WHY??
Anatomical Adaptation, in my humble opinion, is a waste of time. You’re better off following Rippetoe’s advice…
Oh, and another thing, I could’ve sworn this was my own post. Seriously.
Now for the second part of my question: WHY? lol Why do you feel that anatomical adaptation a waste of time. Tudor Bompa was at first a world-class athlete, and then, a world-class coach and researcher, and he didn’t feel anatomical adaptation is a waste of time. I’m not trying to argue against you. I just want to know your rationale.[/quote]
Rippetoe and Bompa are rivals. It’s hard to follow both if they have contadicting thoughts… So I might as well be follower on EITHER of them, but not both… I’m gonna have to pick Rippetoe. I love his books.
My rationale is something that is not scientific. It’s just me picking which expert to follow…