Here are my thoughts on the new OLAD article:
I used the OLAD program a couple months ago for two basic reasons:
1) It was simple.
2) It was difficult.
At the time, I was coming off a hospitalization. It is embarrassing to say, but important to get my point across: I attempted suicide with an overdose of my bipolar medication. Coming back from that physically is infinitely more difficult than any of the broken bones or torn ligaments that I have suffered. Therefore, I wanted to get back into lifting (the best time for me to focus on a simple task and have a clear mind) with a program that was going to challenge me physically but not require a great deal of mental strain (ok, I did the max effort 2-board press last week, now should I do the floor press or the reverse band bench this week?).
The OLAD program was perfect for this. I chose clean and press, snatch grip dead, overhead squat, power curl, and snatch. Simple stuff I could do at home with my bumper weights and no power rack or bench needed. To tell you the truth, I only made it through two weeks (like you said at the end of the article most want do the entire month. You are a prophet!); but, I really gained a lot of strength back, and I more importantly I gained confidence to go back to lifting big and often.
So what does all this have to do with the new OLAD article? My suggestion is do not make it complicated. So much of your brilliance is in your simplicity of approach and presentation, while still providing the most challenging workouts despite their lack of all the big scientific words and crazy rep/set/tempo/rest period/warm up/cool down prescriptions.
Hey, I am all for big words and intricately detailed lifting programs. I just know that the power and challenge of an OLAD program would be compromised with their inclusion.
My humble suggestions:
(This is not my idea; somebody suggested it yesterday.) An OLAD centered on fat loss or getting back in shape or whatever. I see tabatas, all sorts of the crazy carries from your carried away video (which is great everyone, worth the price to hear Coach talk about having the dogs taunt him while he is lugging Judy around), hill or stair sprints, maybe some throws, or whatever! This also sounds good because it would be a great way to change gears, get people out of the gym, and no worry about improving lifting numbers all the time.
An idea I have is even more basic: one lift a month! I know, no one would do it, but I did two lifts for an entire month from the middle of June to two weeks ago. Just wanted to get my strength back up on Standing Military Press and the Dead lift, so I followed something along the lines of Pavels PTP/Ladders hybrid workout. I started light, a 135 press and a 295 dead, and finished pressing 185 and dead lifting 405 (ran out of weights to put on the bar... only have 4 45s... I picked two more up at play it again sports).
I figure if people are not competitive power lifters or Olympic lifters, but want to increase performance in that lift, sticking to just that for a month would really bring that lift back up to par.
Something that might ?sell? better is an OLAD for in-season athletes, perhaps football players (what, there are other sports besides football?). Obviously this might be lower volume or intensity, but I think it would be a better method than what we did the past two years in college. We lifted twice a week in-season, two whole-body sessions, one on Monday and one on Wednesday. I think if we only did one lift a day, we could easily increase that to four lifting sessions a week, while cutting down on the total amount of time spent in the weight room!
Actually, I think that a modified OLAD program would be the best program for maintaining strength in season. For ball players, I think maybe a dead lift variation, a clean and press/push press/jerk, a squat variation, and a chin or row variation would be a good combo in season.
Well, looks like I pretty much wrote an article myself. I apologize for the length; I just really appreciate all your time and effort.