Stats: 26M, 90kg. No prior health issues. Though, I’ve dislocated my shoulders and wrist when I was 8 and 10 years old respectively but that doesn’t impact my performance (I believe). My wrist circumference is 6 inches (these East African genes) (this point is important I believe for this discussion)
Man I’ve been a follower of your ways for the past 4 years so what I’m about to say might go against everything you’ve taught me but please hear me out my man.
You’ve always said if someone is doing the movement in a correct and proper form (not what the individual perceives to be correct form but actually is the right form) where they feel the muscle. It should be activated and that’s that.
So here is something I’ve experienced. Let’s use the bench press for example.
Whenever I’d do bench press or any pushing movement, I’d warm up with that exercise and then go on my working set. From there, the weight would just feel a bit heavier and by the 3rd or 4th set, I’m ‘ready’ & the weight feels lighter so then I progressively move the weight up in weight and work up to a top set (as you’d advise) but my wrists would constantly feel like they’re the weakest link not my chest or shoulders per say
But then recently, as recently as 4 weeks ago, I’d do 2 reps of pull ups (I can do 8 strict reps and then an extra 4 bro reps after that as an all out) and I would continuously do these 2 rep pull ups after each bench press warm up set, as an example;
Bench press set 1: 20 reps with just bar
Pull ups: 2 reps
Bench press set 2: 40KG -10 reps with just bar
Pull ups: 2 reps.
And I would continuously do this in between my work sets and man, let me tell you, the bench press goes up so easily and so quick, I’ve set 2 back to back rep PR on my overhead press and bench press since applying this method, lat pull downs doesn’t have that same effect. In fact. The pull ups, I need to do them with thin bars, because if I use thicker bars. My performance decreases.
So essentially, now that I’ve provided some context and background, what the fuck is actually happening to my body? Is it all psychological? Is there actually some science behind what I’m doing? Or is it just a case of what you preach ‘try it and do it and if it works for you. Great’
Why is my body able to press more, and oh, let me make an even bigger statement and say my wrists don’t become the limiting factor, they in fact grip the bar so hard, I KNOW I will get the reps required before I even start the set (90% 1RM) because my grip feels so tight around the bar.
Weird explanation but hopefully with your expertise you can fill in the gaps.
My hope is that with this information I can see if I can apply this to perhaps lower body movement? Do sets of hamstring curls before squats to see if anything happens.
All in the name of becoming better in the game.