I asked this question in the strength training forums, but didn’t get any responses, so I figured I would try your expertise.
I am trying to find out if you have any experience with the Hormonal Fluctuation Model created by Glenn Pendlay and Micahel Hartman. It is a 5-, 6-, or 8- week program (depending on various factors) that involves ramping up both volume and intensity (and frequency for that matter over a 2 week period, followed by a week (in the case of the 5-week model) or two (in the case of 6- and 8-week models) of overreaching that is supposed to depress your t/e ratio by between 10-30%, followed by a tapering period of 2 weeks (for the 5- and 6-week models) or 4 weeks (for the 8-week model).
The concept is that depression of the t/e ratio between 10-30% during the overreaching period is a pretty solid indicator that enough work has been done for supercompensation to take place by the end of the tapering period.
Coach Pendlay and Michael Hartman (and perhaps Lon Kilgore for that matter) wrote an o-lifting program back in 2000 called the MSU experimental training program 1.0 based on this concept (specifically for weightlifting). This was the original 6-week model (and apparently they now prefer an 8-week program with a 4-week taper for better results).
I was curious whether you are familiar with this particular model (the HFM) of overreaching?
If so, what you thought of it (and for that matter whether you have experimented with the program at all)?
And finally, how you think this model might be applied to powerlifting?
Sorry for the long-winded question. And if you are not familiar with this particular version of overreaching, sorry for taking up your time with such a lengthy question before you go on vacation.