I'm about to get started on CP's Advanced German Volume Training. At present, I'm 5'7", about 175. Bodyfat on the scale is around 13%, don't have pincers, so I'm not sure exactly what it is. I was going to post before pics, but I can't get them off the damn cell phone so f-it.
Anyway, the main question is this:
How much difference does the 4 second lowering of weights make? My preference is just to go with a controlled lowering, which will probably a take a second or so. There was a lot of debate on the board there, and I'm inclined to agree with Waterbury that TUT isn't all the important. But, if CP says to take 4 seconds. So has anyone tried both ways, or know someone that tried without the slow eccentric, and they used the slow version. I'm curious.
My bench max is around 300, squat around 425, and dead (with straps) is around 400. I think I can probably handle the slow eccentric on squat and deads, but doubt I could do 10x5x225 going so slowly. Do any of you all have any advice on how to proceed? I'm going to do it with the slow eccentric tomorrow when I start if no one posts before I go the gym tomorrow, but if all else is equal, I'd rather not make use of it. It seems the higher load will be make up for the loss of TUT on the concentric portion of the lift.