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Strength Decrease


#1

I am currently going into week four of my first attempt at the layer system. I am following this split and periodization:

High Pull
Incl. Tilt Press
Deadlift
Off
High Pull
Decl. Tilt Press
Lats/Biceps (convention bodybuilding sets/reps scheme)

Week 1: Ramp to 3rm. 3 clusters, 3 HDL 5/4/3/2/1
Week 2: Ramp to 2rm. 4 clusters, 2 HDL
Week 3: Ramp to 1 rm. 5 clusters, 1 HDL
Week 4: Ramp to 1 rm. 3 HDL, 2 max pump

On the Press days during week 1, I hit 275 for a 3rm. Yet in week 4, I only could get 255 for 1 rep. Is my CNS fried from this new style of training? Or do I just need to eat more? Eat approx. 2500 cals/day, 5'8, 170 lbs. I don't really feel physically drained, but damn that weight felt heavy this week.


#2

It could have been just a bad day, but I do have a strong feeling you're undereating - I'm 10 lbs lighter than you right now, yet I'm eating 100-300kcal more than you on training days as maintenance or perhaps marginally above, while doing the minimalistic strength version of the layer system (ramp, 2 clusters, ramp, 2 clusters, ramp, max/15s rest/max).


#3

hey dudes, you obviously know more then myself, but are you adding assistance to this or just those lifts? it may be your adding to much volume?


#4

So why post? Use the Search function; read more; post less.

FYI: This is a specific program developed by the forum's namesake.

jbalplayr02: Sounds like you just had an off day... good luck.


#5

Thanks for the advice and encouragement!! I should've been a bit more descriptive in my original post. Yes, the press numbers decreased, but so did the high pull. This is my first go-round with this exercise, so I expected bigger jumps in the weight. My 1 rm for the high pull in weeks 1 and 2 was 165lb. I have no idea what most guys are pulling but, to me, this seems pathetic. Yet even at 80% of that max, I could hit six or seven reps on the cluster sets. Week 3 1rm was 155. Just wondering since I'm new to this lift.


#6

oh man thats such a douche bag move, simple question no need for the stupid response, ive searched, just seems a bit all over the place and a lot of basterdized plans too