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'Maximal Mass, Minimal Time' Eric Bach Article


#1

https://www.t-nation.com/workouts/maximal-mass-minimal-time

Seems interesting article and workout. Will try out definitely.

Could someone explain me what means those 1/3 (sets) and 8/5 (reps) on push press and deadlift?
One set of 8 and then 3 sets of 5?

Thank you very much for your assistance!


#2

[quote]TKH wrote:
Could someone explain me what means those 1/3 (sets) and 8/5 (reps) on push press and deadlift?
One set of 8 and then 3 sets of 5?[/quote]
Because he talked about the use of ramp loading earlier in the article, I’d take it as 1x8 (almost like a warm-up) and then 3x5 using 65%, 75%, and then 85% 1RM. So 4 sets total, the last three being progressively heavier.


#3

[quote]Chris Colucci wrote:

[quote]TKH wrote:
Could someone explain me what means those 1/3 (sets) and 8/5 (reps) on push press and deadlift?
One set of 8 and then 3 sets of 5?[/quote]
Because he talked about the use of ramp loading earlier in the article, I’d take it as 1x8 (almost like a warm-up) and then 3x5 using 65%, 75%, and then 85% 1RM. So 4 sets total, the last three being progressively heavier.[/quote]

This is how I understood it!


#4

@Chris_Colucci thanks for the back-up. You’re spot on! @jgreene how did it go?


#5

I would think that most good lifters practice most of that on a regular basis without thinking about it too much.


#6

are you referring to the ascending/ramp loading?


#7

Yeah…it just seems intuitive to build up to a working set in that way. You have to strike a balance between warming up and not burning out before you even get started.


#8

Def. agree. The good lifters do. But, you’d be amazed how many people miss the boat when it comes to progression.


#9

Tried the first workout today and loved it. Great to fit in first thing in the morning before work. In and out, including a shower, in an hour.

Quick questions - how do the times rep sets work. Is it as many reps as possible in that time? Or strict reps for a certain amount of seconds? Doesn’t seem very clear to me.