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Take Week Off Before a Meet?


#1

Do you guys take a week off before doing your maxes or train that week?


#2

Just to clarify, are you talking about a meet or a testing day?

Personally, I train last about four days out from a meet. It’ll be light. Last heavy week is the week prior. I try not to deadlift for at least seven days prior.


#3

I deload the week before the meet, test maxes and what not a week before my deload.


#4

I deadlift up to about my second attempt as fast as I can a week out. Squat till about 2-3 days out and bench stops 2 days out but the day before I lime to squat and bench a plate or two for a few reps


#5

Usually, depending on my work schedule. Last heavy deadlift is 10 days out, last heavy squat 7 days out, and last bench 6 days out. I do a “meet walk through” on the Wednesday before just working form and commands with light (55% or so).


#6

21 days out I take my last heavy deadlift which is roughly my opener.
14 days out I take my last heavy squat also roughly around my opener. When I squat 740 my last heavy set on this day was 670 and went home.
10 days out last heavy bench.
7 days out I squat up bout 40% for 5x5 for me this was around 315.

the week before the meet I stretch, foam roll, massage and chiro. On Monday and Wednesday I do 3x10 with 135 on squat, bench and deadlift and finish with some very light pump band work. Thursday and Friday I take off and basically only relax. So, I essentially deload for one week and completely take off one week before the meet.


#7

Isn’t that close to what coan does?


#8

Hey Reed i think i have seen you on pl watch, what are your best lifts correct me if I’m wrong, don’t you total around 2000 at 198 single ply?


#9

Hey man im on PL watch but I compete raw with wraps 220. I hit 740 squat at 218 a month ago and that put me at 18 or 19 currently in the squat and totalled 1740 which I think was top 40. I honestly don’t follow PL watch my friends submitted my lifts to them.

As for close to what coan does I am not sure. I train with and under the guidance of Sam Byrd and he takes a lot of his principles from Coan so it is likely our peak/deload is very close to Coans


#10

Very good, your coach is one of the best squatters of all time, keep doing what you doing .