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Help with Athlete Lean, Athlete Strong


#1

I have a quick question about Athlete Lean, Athlete Strong. I have been strictly strength training since giving up sports around 2 years ago. Since then I have gained some numbers on my lifts I am fairly happy with. I started ALAS as I wanted to get back to more athletic style training and drop some fat. So far I’ve loved it, but today when I went to do the second week Monday workout, I struggled a lot. Now I understand that it is to be somewhat expected as I have been doing no running or circuits, but I had to grind out the trap bar deadlifts and had to drop significantly below the 67.5% to hit the reps and even then it was a struggle. So should I shoot to hit the 70% next week or what? I want to see how the rest of the days go this week to compare as well. Thanks in advance!


#2

The percentages are just recommendations. Quality of reps prime over everything. So don’t hesitate to decrease the weight if needed, especially when conditioning in a limiting factor.


#3

Yeah, the deadlift in this program is brutal. When I did ALAS I never deadlifted more than once a week before, so I dropped the weight by 5-10% after the first week and it was better