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Chad Waterbury theories


#1

I admit that I haven't read too much regarding the theories of Chad Waterbury, but from what I can garner, he recommends doing either one of two things: alternating between Maximum strength and explosive strength days(such as during a strength cycle) and alternating between low rep/high set days to high rep/moderate set days(such as during a hypertrophy cycle). Would someone please comment on this? Thanks much.


#2

I usually alternate between different strength methods within a microcycle in order to tax as many different motor unit pools as possible. Such a technique is necessary in order to simultaneously improve multiple strength qualities.


#3

Thanks Chad, appreciate the response. So in essence, one could design an efficient training cycle in which you could perform one of your typical splits for mass for 8 weeks(ABBH style, alternating high-rep/moderate sets with low rep/high sets) followed by a more standard strength cycle according to your parameters for 8 weeks by alternating the various strength methods you utilze be it endurance, maximal, explosive, etc? Apologize for the number of questions, just trying to become as educated as possible:)


#4

Yes, if your goal is maximum hypertrophy, perform the following:

ABBH I
ABBH II
Quattro Dynamo
Single's Club

If you seek maximal strength with subsequent increases in hypertrophy, perform:

ABBH I
Quattro Dynamo
ABBH II
Single's Club


#5

I've had a layoff from regular lifting, though I've been doing BW exercises and some Olympic lifts.

I'm ready to start lifting again on a regular schedule.
Is it a good idea to begin lifting again using ABBH?

Or do I need to build some baseline strength in all exercises before starting?

Thanks


#6

Sonny,

You can begin the ABBH routine ASAP. Just be careful to not hit failure since you've been out of training for a spell.