My competitive ultimate frisbee season is about to wrap up so I'm starting to plan out my off season workouts. The layer system looks perfect for my initial goals to regain the size and strength I've lost during my season that has a ton of running (7+ game tournament weekends).
I was a bit unsure about how the 2RM works for the 6-8 week cycle. Is the 2RM auto-regulated on how I'm feeling that day, or is the 2RM something that should be tested ahead of time and kept static for the cycle? If it is auto-regulated, how 'safe' should I be to not go to failure? I'm expecting some decent strength gains in a short time as I put back on some of the ~10 lbs I lost over the season. I like to push myself in the gym, but also want to train smart and make real gains. If I do fail a rep, it seems clear that the last weight I completed should be used for the calculations.
I've been a big fan of your articles - Athlete Lean Athlete Strong produced some amazing results. Any help you can provide will be appreciated!