I am fast approaching completion of the Strength template version of your Indigo Project strength template (in week 10)...First of all a big thank you! I am aware that you do not enjoy speaking too much about your 'older' work, but I must say that as brutal as the training is, it has really been worth it. I am on course to set substantial PR's in the deadlift, bench and press, all whilst dropping 9kg of lard (I am unsure if I will PR in the squat due to a slight knee strain which interrupted training for 2 months prior to the programme, but it is all healed now).
for reference, my PR's from last year were: Olympic squat 190kg, bench 145kg, conventional deadlift 220kg and press 100kg. All completed whist weighing around 98kg.
I can not say enough good things about this programme. The brutal intensity and volume have forced me to really hone in on other areas that needed addressing, just so I could perform in the gym; mobility, nutrition, ect. It has also final broken my training ego; You simply can not grind out shitty reps with excessive weight and expect to come into the gym and perform the day after. However looking ahead, I now feel that I need a change of pace.
This leaves me with somewhat of a dilemma on where to take my training. I have read you previously advise that after a peaking programme it may be a good idea to switch to more bodybuilding-esque training for a few weeks, as apposed to a conventional deload. As I am currently in a slight calorie deficit (and have been throughout the programme) I was unsure if this would be the best approach for me. Whilst I plan to take a break from my diet to coincide with the conclusion of the programme and eat around a 1000 daily calorie surplus to help facilitate recovery, I will be returning to the diet after the two weeks is up.
My main concern is maintaining the strength I have gained via the high frequency training of the main lifts, whilst continuing on my path to improved body composition. I love high frequency training, focusing on a few core lifts. It seemed to me that your Russian Strength-Skill template would fit the bill, but I have been warned away from doing a programme focusing on singles (albeit relatively light ones) straight after a peaking phase.
So my question is, would Russian Strength-Skill be a good fit for my goals, or would you recommend that I look for a template with moderate rep ranges and a wider array of exercises?