Interesting. No, not huge poundage (eg 1.5xBW squat). I’m 39, been lifting for 3-4 years, and want to get stronger before age closes the window for the most improvement.
Some questions about what you laid out:
- would the other big lifts have the same volume as deads, or can they handle 1-2 more sets per workout?
- does it matter if the assistance lifts compliment the main lift (eg lunges on squat day)?
- could the assistance be run with methods like 10-6-10 or rest-pause?
Looking bigger picture, though, would those four half-hour sessions per week build more strength than two longer sessions per week? Or is it really just a matter of time under the bar? I ask because I’ve been reading Chris Thibaudeau on the benefits of high frequency for natural lifters. I want to be stronger, but I also want to see my family on occasion.
Thanks again for sharing what you know.