I just wanted to ask your opinion regarding deadlift stance. I've only ever done traditional narrow stance. As of late watching a lot of people including yourself using a sumo stance in videos i thought i would give it a try. I enjoyed it, it feels a lot smoother on my back and less ROM. What are the pros and cons to each stance?
I'm halfway through your "Optimal strength training for the natural" program and i can't pull anywhere near the same weight using a sumo stance but it feels better on my back. Should i finish the program on standard stance or cut my losses for future investment and switch stance ?
Regarding the program i am doing - I added in a military press strength day, in doing this i cut all additional hypertrophy exercises to 3 with the one out all effort set "best damn style", 6/8 to failure for the first phase, tempo contrast for the seconds phase (currently) and double rest/pause for the final phase three. The set up is:
Squat Strength - Barbell RDL, Pull Up, Preacher Curl
Bench Strength - INC Db Press, DB Lat Raises, Tricep Dip
Deadlift Strength - Front Squat, Chest Supp Row, Ez Bar Curl,
Military Strength - Rear Delt Flies, DB Chest Flies and Ez Bar Skull Crunch
So i've tried to incorporate a "best damn" style in with the strength phase, so a legs, back and biceps one day and a shoulder, chest and triceps another. I've found two problems with this that i need your help with.
1- The original program states a 3 days on 1 day off continual cycle. With my added military press day, i've been doing a 4 on 1 of cycle and struggling, by day 4 i'm fatigued ? (I am in a calorie surplus and dropped a lot of added hypertrophy exercises to compensate for the added strength day)
2- The added day essentially takes away the skill strength aspect of frequency ? If i was to swap to a 2 on 1 of 2 on i still have the same problem of the skill strength but might help the fatigue ?
3- Should i maybe look at doing the two lower and two upper strength phases on the same day to get the skill strength ? 2 on 1 off cycle ?
Massive i know
Thank you in advance CT.