I’m a long time reader, but first time poster. I wanted to write a fair review on The Juggernaut Method 2.0 because I think that it
might be one of the best overlooked training methods out right now. I also believe that it is the best method for beginners and
intermediate lifters. Why in my opinion is it the best method? Simply put, I think it is the best balance of volume using light and
heavy weight. It forces you to use lighter weight to develop hypertrophy and form, while adding size and strength. I know that
one my issues in the past was worrying about the all mighty 1rm, but forgetting about what got me stronger in the first place
which was doing reps.
First let me tell you a little background about myself and my totals, and how I think I could have done better. First, I am 35 now
and started lifting almost 3 years ago (Feb. 2014 will be 3 years.) My first year and a half were spent just randomly lifting heavy
shit, but the last year or so I spent trying to be as strong as I can be. I lifted 10 years ago for about 2 or so years before I quit
and so I have a little experience with working out, but nothing with structure. I did however compete in a bench only powerlifting
comp. and benched 375lb at a body weight of 179 (181 class), which happened to be a Novice State Record.
My best gym lifts before I started TJM2.0 were as follows:
Starting Body Weight: 194
Military Press: 200 Strict
Squat: 365 (Half Rep) My form was terrible, and I didn’t know what I was doing so this number was not accurate.
Bench: 375 previously, but my actual 1rm at the time was only 370
Deadlift: 390 with less than a years worth of experience deadlifting.
Total: 1125 (Not including Military Press)
After 13 Weeks on TJM2.0 Body Weight: 205
Military Press: 225 Strict
Squat: 405 Below Parallel, failed at 425 but barely
Bench: 390-400, but never tested my 1rm
Total: 1240 (Not Including Military Press)
THAT IS AN IMPROVEMENT OF 115lbs IN 13 WEEKS.
Enough with the praising, lets get right down to it. How did it work for me?
The one thing that worried me before starting this program was the use of 10’s and 8’s. TJM2.0 uses waves progression, and the
first 6 weeks (7 if you deload) are done with nothing heavier than an 8 rep max. Since I was use to doing nothing lighter than 5’s,
I wasn’t sure that dropping down in weight was going to actually make me any stronger. What I did, and what I am doing now in
round two of TJM is that rather than using the percentages outlined I took what I thought I could get for my 10’s and 8’s and used
that weight instead. For instance, in the first week of TJM according to the book, you are supposed to take 60% of your 1rm and
perform 5 sets of 10. For example, if I used the outline percentages on bench that would be 225 (round about). Well, I knew for a
fact that I could easily perform 20+ reps with that weight, so I increased my weight to 275. This was a weight that I was
comfortable with getting at least 13 reps. As I moved along and progressed throughout the weeks, I adjusted my weights
accordingly (after each wave) as outlined in the book. This allowed me to start the program lifting a little heavier than what was
recommended, but as the weeks rolled on, the weights evened themselves out. If you read the book you will note that after each
wave you adjust your training max according to your performance on the last week of each wave. I progressed so fast that by
week 11 I was using 365lbs for 7 sets of 3 on squat. If you remember 365 was my max before, and that was only for a half rep.
My bench which was already nearing 2x my bodyweight increased by about 30 total pounds. One thing that impressed me was
that my Military Press went from 200 to 225 and probably closer to 230. I also push pressed 245lbs just for fun. That is an
increase of almost 10lbs per month using nothing heavier than 82.5% of my 1rm for most all the sets.
What I liked about this method was that the workouts were very intense. 5 sets of 10’s or 8’s are anything but easy, but very
doable. I think the program let me get a little more volume than Wendler’s 531, but also seemed very similar. I liked the fact that
I was able to practice my lifts at lower percentages of 1rm, which in turn helped my form and therefore helped make this program
very successful for me and my training partner. Using this method I was able to smash every one of my previous rep records,
and in some cases doubling them.
The one thing that I didn’t like about this program was that you don’t really touch any weight about 90%. What that translated for
me was that I got very good at getting stronger at the reps (improving my 1rm for sure), but not improving my 1rm as much as I
think it could have. If I were using this training method for a future meet, I would include some heavy work sets, and or extend
the waves out another 3 weeks to accomodate for that. Let us not forget that I did improve my overall 1rm total by over 100lbs.
WHERE I AM NOW/ ROUND 2 JUGGERNAUT
As if right now I am 6 weeks past my first round of Juggernaut Training. My totals are as follows:
Bodyweight: 210 ( I got some extra love that needs trimmed away)
Military Press: On track to hit 245+ Strict Press in 12 weeks.
Squat: 5 sets of 8 with 315 very easy. I wouldn’t be surprised if I hit 450 in the end.
Bench: 315lbs x 10 reps (pr) and 5 sets of 8 with 305. I’m on track to hit at least 425.
Deadlift: I’ll get to that.
One thing that I did not mention intentionally, because I didnt want to distract anyone away from this method is that I did not use
TJM2.0 for deadlift. Even though this method has worked for me quite well in all the other lifts, I am finding as much success
with a modified 531 program written by Alanna Casey #imnoalannacasey (strongwoman) and Steve Pulcinella, which I believe is
more suited for the deadlift. With that being said, it is still something I am considering running in the future.
In conclusion, if you are wanting a change or your old program is getting stale, I would def. recommend this program to
powerlifters at all levels. As a side note, my training partner experienced the same or better results from this exact same
program. We have both been lifting close to the same amount of time (over 2 years) and the results that we achieved I believe
are not just newbie gains.