My question is whether it is reasonable and effective to have significantly more total volume (by total mass moved) accounted for my assistance work than work on the main lifts. That's the question. I'll outline the context below for those who want more detail.
I've set out my programming for my next full power meet. I've kept it pretty basic, kept to what I know works for me.
It is set out over 12 weeks in three blocks of four weeks: block 1 I work in the 70-80% range in sets of 5 for the comp lifts, block 2 80-90% in triples and block 3 90-95% in singles and doubles. Volume drops block to block for comp lifts and assistance, except for bench press which stays relatively steady (again, based on what I know works for me in that volume is king for bench progress). That will broadly mean my main lift work in block one sits between 7 and 9 RPE in block one, 8 and 9 RPE in block two and 9 RPE in block three.
There is a hint of block periodisation about the program but only in that on the days I'm not working on the main lifts I work on size in block one and speed in block two, with grooving the movements in block three.
This is how the volume breaks down over the cycle:
Total volume 367,444
Main lifts 127,369
Total volume 342,595
Main lifts 94,303
Total volume 284,059
Main lifts 78,601
So, it's a pretty much 1:2 or 1:3 ratio.
Now, I figure it ends up like that because my assistance work is much lighter but higher in reps as well as the fact that a fair bit is accounted for by reverse hypers which I do for high-ish reps and heavy-ish weight - but not being strict reverse hypers they aren't really taxing for the load used. I might be doing them wrong, but they make my back feel very nice.
Anyhow, there it is.
Answers/suggestions much appreciated.