Thanks a lot Scott M. I don’t think i explained my issue very clearly because I am basically saying exactly what you were saying in your first post. Usually I prefer free weights but when rest pausing I feel like machines are much better. I don’t have a training partner and most people at the gym don’t know how to spot.
There have been a couple of times where i had to use the safety catches on the incline press (which are so low I had to sink below the seat for the bar to catch!). My gym only has 2 Hammer strength machines. 1 incline and 1 pull down (that nobody ever uses!) We have the other machines but they really feel awkward and unnatural.
Your 2nd point sounds very interesting to me! So basically you follow the same split, same blast and cruise, same stretches, … but replace the rest pause sets with the 2 straight sets. I feel that my recovery is pretty good (not amazing but definitely not weak), so would I be shortchanging myself by following this version?
Thank you… i promise if i have anymore questions I will bring them up in that thread. [/quote]
spotting on free weights with dc is very tricky when using random people. i typically will train alone and will stop 1 rep short of failure so that i can rack the weight safely and don’t need someone to spot me. it also gets hard for you to track your progress when you have spotters touching the bar, helping you out when you don’t need it, etc. a smith machine can be your best friend with this as racking the weight is just a twist of the wrist away.
i have done 2 straight sets before with dc and it has worked well for me. i currently do a 2rp set which combines the best of both worlds imo as it is not as taxing as the 3rp set (the typical dc set up) but gives me more muscule stimulation than the 2ss.