I'm starting to work out more outside near my home w/my 25 lb, 30 lb, and 50 lb dumbbells. I have access to a YMCA which is where I usually lift, but I enjoy working out outside at home better plus with my busy schedule it's more convenient than going to the YMCA. I'm going to purchase a 60 or 75 lb db soon too. I'm going to do something similiar to your "One Cheap Idea" article as far as db clean and presses and also this weekend I incorporated some strongman/odd stuff such as: car pushing (ironically my calves are sore!), farmer walks up a hill, carrying people for distance, etc.
My question is of rep ranges:
You stated in one of your audio interviews (I think the one w/the Home Gym thing) that the max weight you worked out w/at home before entering your first olifting contest was 155lbs but you were able to lift 308 lbs at the meet.
- Do you think that doing many many reps are the key to getting stronger as opposed to always lifting super heavy singles? Another good example of this theory was something I experienced this weekend: I never practice weighted pullups but I was able to do a single pullup w/my 50 lb dumbbell in between my feet I'm assuming due to the fact that I do a set of pullups/chinups (around 10 reps w/just bodyweight)almost everyday?
In other words, can I get stronger by lifting a weight that's submaximal (like maybe 70-80% of 1RM) many many times equaling many many total reps?