I read Thibaudeau's http://www.T-Nation.com/free_online_article/most_recent/6_weeks_to_superhero_how_i_build_muscle_and_strip_off_fat_fast and tried it. It was working well and I was showing some results in the first two weeks and was pretty happy with it.
But then I started thinking. Why am I so much stronger in the top-half of all my lifts? And can I train that weight to be my full lift?
So that is what I have just started to do, train with that top half weight, and after the first full round I'm really happy.
Simple breakdown is I start just above 50% extension in the top half of lets say the squat, with my setup I was probably in the 60% range. I try to pick a range that will allow me to move as much weight as I can for 6 reps without grind. With each set I start a couple of inches deeper in the squat than the last sat. This part is a little random as I am using plates and wooden shelves to adjust my height. This allows me to make a more gradual progression than moving the pins. I work through sets until I hit full ROM or start to grind. Grinding before full ROM means no weight progression this time. Full ROM means time to add weight. That last bit hasn't happened yet but I'm close.
If this works it will mean as much as 80 lbs added to a single lift in a matter of weeks. (For me.)
My question is: Is this working? Or is there some strange physio thing happening here I dont understand?
Some other questions: Assuming that this is a viable way to train, how should I progress? Will my top half continue to increase? In other words if my work weight on the bench was 100lbs and my top was 150lbs and I've just conquered 150 using this idea will my new top half be 200 or does it work like that?
If it makes any difference I'm training bench, squat, dead and military press. Also I do dynamic work as a sort of finisher, plyo pushups and leaps as they apply.
Thanks ahead of time!