Hi Coach, I hope you and yours are well? (You mentioned the other day that your health is a bit of a concern at the moment, I hope that is squared away and wish you all the best btw)
Anyway, I am following your "look like a body builder, perform like an athlete" program. I managed to do the 1st test to determine 3rep MTW and then based the 1st cycle of the program on that...
What I have found is that at my age of 43/4, even though I managed to post decent numbers on the test week, I am struggling with the program as it stands now.
Strength is so far down that I went back and checked the calculations for training weights and the original test thinking that I made mistakes but they are accurate. I have also picked up terrible pain in my right elbow (possibly from the highpull), that I feel in ALL exercises, plus when pressing, my shoulders feel like they are bone on bone, but the pain goes away after the session, only the right elbow remains.
Now, I was wondering if the weights might not be to high for me? I found this post:
And you mentioned in it that age does in fact play a large role and is quite likely what I am experiencing.
I was thinking to myself that I could perhaps keep the frequency the same, even the volume, but reduce the poundages used in the exercises? But, then it would no longer be your program and that part bothers me...the last thing I want to do is put time in under the bar but mess around with weights that are either to light or would bring no improvements...
TBH, the program as it stands now is a grind...I have to really motivate myself to get under the bar...another indication that I am using poundages to heavy?
Any insight or advice that you could give would really be appreciated...I am not ready to walk off into the weight sunset yet