Yep, many here have tried many of his methods. Not sure how familiar you are with this place, as it says you joined in just the last couple weeks, but Waterbury has been around this site for at least 5 or 6 years I think? Long before he had any books out or was known anywhere nationally outside of this site. And many of us have tried many of his methods since he first came on the scene.
The total reps method isn’t “his” per se (which you probly already knew), I’ve been using it in context of a Westside routine for years before he came up with it. Also, something similar for olympic lifts based on frequency has been around for a few decades, and I’ve used that. Handy method for assistance work on GHRs and stuff like that. Not sure I’d ever want to use it for a max lift or heavy stuff though. That is too dependent on how I feel that day. I already have targets for max number of lifts in a percentage zone anyway (from a modified Prilepin’s table) for the big 3 and analogues.
As far as the total reps go, I think his suggestion for 15 reps is significantly high on the max strength zone, unless you’re only training a lift 2x a week. For higher frequency I never go above 12 on really really good days, and usually stay below 10 most days.
I think his rec’s for size are too low actually, though it depends on your training frequency as with everything else. For whole body workouts done 3-4 times weekly, probably about right, and I’m using a close target rep # for my recovery plan right now because I’m using whole body workouts. For Upper/lower splits though, or anything more split-up, too low. Much too low.
One of the big things I don’t like about Waterbury is that he tends to undercut the amount of volume necessary in a split routine. This is usually because he’s a “whole body” or upper/lower split guy. he hates bp splits. If I only did 50 total reps on leg day between 2 exercises I’d never get stronger because I’d be missing the assistance work I need. If you multiply that by 2, then that’s about right, give or take my training periodization. And I do that 2x a week (normally, not now). [/quote]
yea…i’m not talking about the volume he recommends. i know how many exercises and sets I need to grow.
I’m just talking about the whole total rep thing and using the same weight for every set while not caring about how many sets it takes to get to your total.
The reason that I DO like this method is because I am assured that I will be getting the same volume EVERY time i train that muscle.