I want to start by saying that the God is a Beast template looks perfect for my goals and interests right now. I was debating between a few templates, but this one is most appealing to me. At the moment I want to get stronger, the Spinal Tap template looks fun, and the BBS template looks fun. I am planning on doing 2 leaders and 1 achor on it. I am not questioning that this will make me stronger and that is the goal, but the 85% training max seems light. It is important to note that I am happy to retract any or all of this as I start it since I have not started it yet, but I am just looking at the numbers and when I choose to devote time to a routine, I like to know what I am getting into.
It seems good for the BBS sets, but it seems light for the Spinal Tap sets. I am currently on my deload week on the original 5/3/1 Triumverate template. Right now I am using a 90% training max. If I lower it to an 85% training max then its not until the 5th and 6th weeks that I will be lifting heavier than I currently am and even then 1-3 reps at the training max is still a lower calculated max than what my calculated max is now. I have run different templates of 5/3/1 for the last couple years so I know to not mess with them and I don’t plan on messing with this one, but they have all been with a 90% training max and my calculated max on my lifts goes up almost every week.
Like I said, this seems like a program I will have a lot of fun on, but the fact that I don’t see my calculated max increase the entire time I run this and for most of it, I am lifting lighter than I have been makes it appear like it should have a 90% training max. I like that the anchor has PR sets, which is a 3+, but at 85% training max it seems like you should be able to hit 5-8 reps easily. Is this template pushing you hard enough?