I’ve been having trouble sticking to the progression on the TBT program. I must be screwing it up somewhere. On the one hand, we’re supposed to be increasing volume by around 2% each workout and stick with the set and rep scheme given by CW.
On the other hand, we’re supposed to be picking a weight that makes it tough to do the last rep of the last set for each exercise.
The issue is that I often have to increase the load by 15-30% in order to make the last rep of the last set even difficult.
An example: Monday, I dead lifted 185 lbs for 4 sets of 5 reps. Volume then for this workout was 3700. According to the program, today’s volume should be 3774 (a 2% increase.) At 4 sets of 8 reps that means I should be pulling 118 lbs. So I start with 120 and it’s really easy, bump the next one to 135 and that’s pretty easy, and do the last two sets at 155. That means my volume was actually 4520, or a 22% increase in volume.
Here’s the problem: I can’t keep that volume when I get to next Wednesday and am supposed to pull 4800 over 2 sets of 8. That works out to 2 sets of 8 at 300 lbs. I haven’t tried it, but I really doubt that this is attainable (I’ve been training for a month now and never pulled over 210 before.)
What am I missing? Also, this is occurring across the exercises I’m doing in the program, not just the dead lift.