[quote]Christian Thibaudeau wrote:
Im seriously enjoying the layer system and its endless depths of variations. The only issue i have when i get in the gym i always end up chasing a PB on the ramps, especially 1RM ramps (which most of mine are at the moment). Has anyone else had to tackle this mindset? I know before i go in that the ramp is not about chasing a PB but its just like a switch flips once im in the gym and I MUST get it.
So far ive actually rarely failed attempts but i know this just setting my up to stall big time. Any tips?
One idea I had was to take a Wendler-esque approach and if i do a max day before each cycle, then take 90-95% of that 1RM and not exceed that during my training cycle. Essentially putting a top limit on my 1RM ramps. What do you think about is? I know in the long term i just need to acquire more self control but i felt this could work in the mean time
As always all advice and feedback is really appreciated
I really don’t like that approach. On some days where you are in super shape I believe that you are missing out by staying too conservative.
On the other end it’s true that if you always shoot for PRs something bad might happen. Seriously it’s in your head though. You must realize that the purpose of the ramp is not to get a “high score”… but it’s not juste an activation/switching the lights on thing… it’s about finding what are your capacities that day and adjusting the training weight for the other methods used.
So really, if you want to get a PR at all cost, bad form, hitching the weight up, etc. You are only setting yourself up for failure for the other layers.
Shoot for the heaviest weight you can lift that day, but do not attempt a weight that you are not very confident on doing.
Thank you for the response CT. I think its a case of lack of confidence, as if, if i dont match or beat my last 1RM Ramp then im weaker this weak than i was last week. Which i know is ridiculous but just how my minds seems to work once im in the gym sadly.
I just need to change my mind set to see the ramp layer for what it is (activation) rather than a ladder up to a new PB every week. Thanks again for your insights.
By the way CT i went and bought your books “Black book of training secrets” and "Theory and application of modern strength and power methods ". Just started black book of training secrets and enjoying it massively. Im currently doing an internship to become a strength and condition coach and some of the info in there is golden!