Thibs, I have recently read some articles stating that training with 30-40% of your 1 rep max will let you gain as much muscle and size as going heavier as long as you take those sets to failure. What are your feelings on this, even though I think I know your answer?
The reason I ask is because I recently re injured a shoulder in which I’ve had previous surgery on and can only train to about 50% of my previous pain free 1 rep max( on chest only, strangely my overhead pressing is about 90%intact) and I was wondering if training this light and going to failure and using other high intensity techniques like pre exhaust, or 15 sec rest periods, drop sets, etc., would be enough to gain or at least maintain size till the end of summer when I would either get 2nd surgery or layoff and do rehab.
I personally like to train heavy lower reps and explosive without fatigue because that’s what works best for me and have been following many of your programs. Especially I really like your layering system and have been using that recently. Thanks for that.
Would you have any other suggestions to get me to last just through summer? Do you think maybe just sticking to overhead pressing 2-3 times per week (skipping chest workouts altogether) and doing high pull the other three? I’m lost. Thanks