I have been using advice from Thib while utilizing the main concepts of Brickhead’s advice. “Ramp to 1-2 all-out blast sets” is pretty much what it is in one sentence. Do you still stand by that advice or has it changed? Lately, while sustaining injuries, I’ve been making slow progress, 1-2 reps every few days.
I’ve been training full-body 3x a week utilizing the concept to take take advantage of frequency like Thib suggests(He did not give the suggestion to me but he has said frequency is king for gains). Was wondering if you might have any advice, Brickhead. [/quote]
Again, thanks for the post. Keep in mind I don’t know everything and I only consider myself good at this, not great. I just love this stuff.
I stand by it for those who have decent strength levels because once someone becomes decently strong, it is hard or impossible to replicate the same weight for the same reps for more than two sets if those sets are pretty good efforts, not the sort of death sets in which one is convulsing and turning purple, but decent sets near or to failure on the big lifts. One can make progress with more straight sets while holding back, but for me, it’s a boring way to train. I get more satisfaction from adding more reps and weight on those two sets. This applies mostly to the compound, very difficult exercises like weighted chinups, bent over row, overhead press, bench press, deadlift, and squat.
One or two reps added to exercises every few days is actually FAST PROGRESS, so I am unsure what you are referring to as slow progress.
I see that bodypart splits with low frequency have the highest failure rate for ordinary people, and that frequency is important and that most ordinary people do better with upper-lower splits or full body routines. Many will disagree with me, but some of the greatest physiques of all time were built this way and at your stage of strength, I believe you should stick to a full body routine for some time and concern yourself foremost with the exercises I mentioned and not fret that you can’t add 2.5# to your bicep curl. Someone at your stage can handle several straight sets too.
Thanks for the reply, brick. For starters, I can no longer squat, deadlift, or squat. I also can’t do tricep extension exercises that aren’t cables, and I just recently cannot do leg press without feeling pain later. I moreso meant that I should be making more rapid progress considering my weights are piss-poor such as 55 lb db incline for 20 reps, 150 lat pulldown for 13-15 depending on the day, and 25 lb db bicep curl.
I too agree with the high frequency now seeing I am definitely making better progress compared to a year ago but I’ve been stagnant dealing with injuries or near-injuries for a few years. I asked Thib for some advice but fear he skipped because it was too long to read lol. What would be your advice given new details of my situation?