Another routine workout. Got some gainz
Hip Thrusts 375 (moving up to 285)
SLDL 255 (moving up to 265)
Hip Abduction No 13 (moving up to 14)
Standing Calves 340 (moving up to 360)
BB Rows 130 (moving up to 135)
DB Bench 55 (got +2 reps, still in range)
Hammer Curls 40 (got +2 still in range)
So far I’m digging just simple progression. One thing that bothers me about concentrated loading is that its hard to see where you will end up. Not to mention it is quite possible to complete wreck yourself such that you won’t see gains at all after weeks of hard work. I’m not young anymore, concentrated loading blocks are for people who need them. I don’t. At least I can say that I’ve done many and know what to do and more importantly what not to do.
Also one thing I’ve noticed is that you can indeed make great progress with a single working set and you don’t even need to extend it using cluster or rest pause techniques. Volume can always be added but is a mental screw job to take it away. I’ve come to the conclusion that doing more just for the sake of doing more is a terrible strategy and actually sets you back if it impedes recovery.
I’ve noticed that I’m making fast progress and I’m not sure whether its from pushing my recovery to its limits during my last few concentrated loading blocks (e.g. recovery mechanisms on max with less workload) or something else. I remember reading something similar in Supertraining about the long term training effect and how it takes time for it to appear and after several blocks of concentrated loading that those week deloads aren’t enough. Basically the author states that the time needed to actually recover is much longer than your typical week off and concentrated blocks are best followed by blocks of less volume training a different modality.
Who knows… its Friday and I hear coffee calling my name…