Makes sense, Thanks Burt.. Yeah, I wanted to give the "Wendler system" a go, as written, because I didn't want to be "that guy" and change a bunch of stuff only to not be doing 5.3.1 anymore. Did that makes sense? I can also get how Jim doesn't probably give a shit about being in "competition shape" ,if you will, and just train to be generally awesome as he says. In my mind, based on what I've read, Jim seems to be sort of 'soul searching'. It's as if his earlier life was consumed by Power lifting and football so now he's living life as you will. The 5.3.1 allows him to stay i great shape yet not be so slave to the training..I may be full of sh!t too...
I agree with you on this.. I get the whole bands and chains are for the lock out portion of the bench and that raw dawgs should focus on the off the chest, the floor, the hole aspect of the lifts. 'BUT' If I can get 365 off my chest any day of the week how would adding 25-50# of chains make me weaker? I don't neglect the bottom portions of the lifts and I have yet to read an explanation of how outrunning band tension or chain weight make one weaker. I'm not claiming to be "special" in any way but my training log proves that for me, The chains and bands work well.
I like this idea. I have a EFS YOKE bar, that Fother Mucker has done great things for my dead lift. I love that bar but but hate at the same time as it kicks my ass every time it goes on my back. Throw in some bands and it is BRUTAL.
The speed bench worked well for me in the beginning to learn how to fire all at once. Now I just do it on deload weeks to stay 'fast'. Something I've found to be even more effective for me now is doing an RE day of chaos benching or bamboo presses. Basically an empty bar with weight hung off of bands and do sets of 8. I know it's meant to be a "pre hab" movement but shit guys it works the shit out of every muscle..maybe like a giant shake weight lol.. 205 feels like 315. try it some times and see what I'm talking about. Just use mini bands so the weights bounce all over the place. Sure you look like a Kook and people will give you shit for it but if you can get them to try it they'll shut up quick!
I warmed up once doing raw 3 board presses. I think I worked up to 405 for 3 then jumped right in to benching off the chest. it was my "3+" week My spreadsheet said 320 for 3+ well It felt light as fuck compared to the 405 and I got that shit 11 times. Why the hell I didn't make the connection that this might be a great thing is beyond me. I chalked it up to having a good day..stupid me. Gonna try that again next time and see what happens. Thanks for throwing that out there Urban..
Thanks Andy.. I too suck at OH presses. I always seem to tweak my back like a dip shit. I'm waiting on a 2 ply, grid stitched, Kevlar paneled, rocket assist OH press shirt then I'll be good to go...lol
Some good tips thrown out here folks! Thanks again, Mike