Christian Thibaudeau wrote:
I actually don’t like to speak in terms of programs. In my whole life I never followed a program, I always autoregulated. I now regret writing programs, which were basically meant to illustrate a concept.
Before doing ‘a program’. People should learn to autoregulate.
I’m sure (hopefully) i won’t be the only person that went “What???”
How do you mean autoregulate ?
Without a program i’d be screwed god knows what i’d be doing ![/quote]
Well, I DO have a basic plan and recommend doing so. But I never plan the number of sets and the weight to use for example.
I know, for example, that today I will be working chest and back.
I know that my intensity zone will be 3 reps for the main movements and 5 reps for the auxilary movements.
I know that my primary movement for chest will be a form of pressing and that my main back movement will be a form of chin-up/pull-up.
I know that my auxiliary movement for chest will be another form of pressing, involving less CNS strain and that my auxiliary back movement will be the pullover machine.
I do NOT know how many sets of each I will do. I start each exercise at around 60-70% of my maximum and perform the selected number of reps (3 or 5 in my case). I ramp up the weight at every single set, until I reach the max amount of weight that I can handle for the selected number of reps. When I reach that max weight, I stop the exercise. So I might do 3 sets or I might do 10 depending on how my performance is going.
If after those 4 exercises I still feel energetic, activated and motivated I might add another exercise for each bodypart.
If I don’t feel the muscles while doing an exercise, I change it for another variation or drop the exercise completely.
THERE IS NO WAY OF KNOWING WHAT YOUR BODY WILL BE ABLE TO DO AND WHAT IT WILL NEED TO GROW ON ANY SPECIFIC DAY.
Sure you should have a basic plan, but on every single day you should adjust the program to fit what your body can do and what it needs.