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TBT Loading Question


#1

I just started a cycle of "TBT for Strength and Mass" and noticed that the prescribed starting weight for Week 1 of 80% 1RM is too much for the 4x6 exercises. I'm only getting around 6/5/4/4 at 80%. So, for the 4x6 exercises which of these progressions would be best to follow:

Option 1:

Week 1 --- 80% 1RM 6/5/4/4 (approx)
Week 2 --- 80% 1RM 6/6/6/6
Week 3 --- 82.5% 1RM 6/5/4/4 (approx)
Week 4 --- 82.5% 1RM 6/6/6/6

Option 2:

Week 1 --- 75% 1RM 6/6/6/6
Week 2 --- 77.5% 1RM 6/6/6/6
Week 3 --- 80% 1RM 6/6/6/6
Week 4 --- 82% 1RM 6/6/6/6

Basically, I'm wondering which is more important: 1) starting with the 80% load or 2) getting all 4 sets of 6 reps every week regardless of load.


#2

I remember CW answering this question before. It's more important to get all the sets and reps in. Lower the resistance so that you can do this.


#3

Thanks a lot! A checked a bunch of threads and couldn't find a response to this question.