I’m all over this stuff. TBT has given me a shock therapy and something I will use perhaps for the lifetime!!! It’s not just the program itself, but the principle of VARIETY. Sure, everyone knows that “you have to change things up to grow”, but to really GET it is what happened to me after trying TBT.(going on three weeks now).
The way I figure, a program such as TBT(one that constantly changes throughout each mesocycle) can have lasting gains of about two months. What then? SIMPLE - VARIETY. I keep the TBT parameters, but I change the TRAINING PRINCIPLES for the next two months! For instance, when I am running out of variables at the two-month mark of standart TBT I will still be training thrice a week and I will still be using a diffrent set of loads and rep/set variations every time(as in TBT). However I will now train using Staley’s Escalated Density Training PRINCIPLES of instinctive training using time constraints! After two months of “EDTBT” I might go with CT’s
OVT principles for the third two month cycle(a volume phase) then a very low volume strength cycle after that. The key is that I will manage my fatigue by keeping distance from failure(a fair distance when it comes to large volumes), train 3x/week(2x and 4x on occasion), never do the same workout for more than two weeks…etc In a nutshell I’ll stick with the variating and constantly changing TBT scheme, but train using drastically different principles.
So in other words, all I need for an entire year’s worth of productive training is only SIX principles and I can just switch to the next one every two months! I know that it’s recommended to change every six weeks, but having the year divided so cleanly is in my opinion worth it to add those extra two weeks to each cycle.
So what do you think Chad? Do I GET variety?