T Nation

EDT Question


#1

There seem to be lots of questions regarding EDT, so here are mine.

First, I understand that CS recommends no more than 8 weeks of EDT before taking a break and switching to something else for a while. BUT, does that 8 week stretch consist of the same EDT routine? OR, can I do 1 EDT routine the first 4 weeks, then switch to a different EDT routine for the second 4 weeks? By switching I mean different exercises and maybe a different A-B split.

Second, How often should I be trying to break my PRs? For example, if I'm using an A-B split 3 days a week, where my 'A' session falls on Monday and Friday, do I try to break my PRs from Monday ON Friday? Just wondering how frequent the PRs should be tested.

Third, I know CS says you can start with a number of reps other than 5 reps with a 10RM. Can you mix this up? Using an A-B split 3 days a week, but alternating between starting with a high RM and a low RM. Something like...

Mon, A-heavy
Wed, B-light
Fri, A-light
Mon, B-heavy
Wed, A-heavy
Fri, B-light
This would slow down how often you break a particular session's PRs. Is that good or bad?

Thanks


#2

You should be trying to break your PR every workout. Read the program guidlines again, and stick to it. Don't try to mess with light and heavy days; then it becomes a totally different program..it's no longer EDT. It would be ok to change exercises after 4 weeks, though. Essentially, 2 back to back EDT cycles. That should work well.