I think he stopped by in the comments somewhere along the way. I dont have the link, I’ve been reading the blog for a long while and its just something I seem to remember. Honestly I might be wrong, its just what I remember reading.
He doesn’t “hate” Wendler or Ripp, he “hates” training programs and ideas that encourage someone to do LESS. ie - Mentzer was training once every 14 days or something. Jamie’s philosophy is that we are ALL better than we think we are, and should all strive to do as much as humanly possible. Wendler programs a deload every fourth week, which Jamie thinks is unnecessary at best, and counter productive at worst.
I think his philosophy is summed up pretty well in the title of one of his blog posts: “Efficiency And Elite Strength Are Asymmetric Goals” … AKA Do NOT do less, do MORE.
As far as your Dumb Bell situation, you are going to have to figure out a way to move forward somehow. Sounds like you have a bit of CHAOS in your training future. Now its time to bring the PAIN.
As for advice, I would just point out that there are MANY ways to progress, here are a few:
- More weight
- More Reps
- More Sets
- More DENSITY (same work in less time, more work in same time, more work in less time)
- More Speed (lifting the weight faster)
- More “mind muscle connection” (feeling the weight better, body mechanics that best use the muscle, etc…)
- More Time under tension (slow negatives, more reps, more sets)
So you see there are many things you can do with the dumb bells. Shit, you could even do things like DB Power Cleans, one hand DB Press, DB Swings, DB Snatches, DB Clean to Press, Jump DB Squats or deadlifts, etc…
If you are truly limited by the weight of the DB, its time to start getting creative. Tape those sum’ bitches together for all I care, but you absolutely MUST find a way forward.