In Marty Gallagher’s “Purposeful Primitive” (btw a great book, this is not a sales pitch though…) he talks about Mark Chaillet. Mr. Chaillet essentially trained twice a week:
Monday: Squat: work up to a heavy single/ BP: work up to a heavy single
Thursday: DL: work up to a heavy single
I don’t have the book in front of me, but essentially he would work back 8 weeks from the meet, and would add 15-lbs each week to the bench and 20 or 25lbs to the Squat and deadlift singles each week.
"He would work up to an all out single repetition in each of three lifts one time a week. Can’t get much more minimal than that! Each training session was a mini-powerlifting competition. A Challiet deadlift routine on a good day might go as follows: 255X3 reps, 455X1, 635X1, 725X1 then the top, heaviest set of the day, 815X1. I saw him pull 850 a dozen times, pull 880 once and get 900 over his knees. His entire workout could consist of five or six sets with between seven and ten cumulative reps. See you next week! "
I’m by no means an elite lifter but I’ve found in my own training I gain fastest if I focus on the 3 powerlifts and limit the amount of assistance work - this of course would be taking that philosophy to the extreme.
Has anyone trained using a routine like this? And if so, how did it work for you? What were your results?