Well, it only holds for “no matter how you train,” not “whether you train” - you should have some untapped growth!
Totally agree, even though it may not seem like it. CT’s articles and theories are overly complex, but I do enjoy reading them. His actual workouts, though, always seemed to me to be the ultimate in basics - just different ways of accumulating good reps. Somewhat ironically, this is why I have a tough time giving Paul Carter a pass for being such a dickbag. I know folks will say he had a tip or a cue that helped them, but this stuff really just isn’t rocket surgery. It’s also why it’s utterly meaningless when he tries to measure wieners in terms of iron accomplishments: again, it’s just not that complex. Not to go on a tangent about my little personality whining, but overall I agree this stuff is hard to screw up.
And onto legs!
So I ended up pushing me much harder than my wife today. She’s in great shape but hasn’t been lifting as seriously lately and her form just wasn’t at a place I thought it made sense on some of the exercises we picked. I also screwed up a little on exercise selection. She wants to do this more often, though, so I’ll rearrange my week so we can keep this up.
Lying Leg Curls
We both did 7 or 8 sets working up to one big set:
10 reps, drop weight and go to failure, drop weight and go to failure again, then about 15 partials, then drop one plate and hold on the mid position for about 20 seconds.
I had her work up to a really solid 115 for 8. She started out very uncomfortable but we found her stance.
I was pulling the bar out of her rack position - which was harder than just doing a rep!
365/3 + 275/10 + 185/15
I had her work up and do 3 sets of 10. I wanted her to get a little closer to failure, she was definitively leaving at least 5 reps in the tank, but we’re working on getting comfortable with it.
I did something pretty cool! I had her put one plate on just one side at a time, alternating sides. I would do 4 reps, then she’d add, then 4 reps, etc. We worked up to maybe 6 or 7 plates a side and then worked back down the same way. Miserable!
Adductor machine: 3 sets of 15
Slow eccentric, 2-count pause at bottom
65/10 x 2 for me (30s for her)
Smith Machine Calf Raise
155/10 + 10-second flex x 3 = 1 set, then a 10-second stretch
She did two sets of 20ish with 65